County Attorney Announces Resignation

Campbell County Attorney Ronald Wirthwein, Jr. with Other Elected Officials at a Swearing in Ceremony on January 7, 2019 (H/t Campbell County, Wyoming Government/Faceboook, Public Domain)
Campbell County Attorney Ronald Wirthwein, Jr. with Other Elected Officials at a Swearing in Ceremony on January 7, 2019 (H/t Campbell County, Wyoming Government/Faceboook, Public Domain)

Campbell County Attorney Ronald Wirthwein, Jr. notified the Campbell County Commissioners of his intention to resign from his position as Campbell County and Prosecuting Attorney effective noon on Monday, Oct. 26.

Wirthwein was elected County Attorney in November of 2014 and sworn in the following year. He was elected to a second term in November of 2018 and has served in the position for just under six years.

In his letter, Wirthwein stated, “Serving the community in any capacity is an important calling. In my time as a prosecutor I have had many successes and, of course, some failures. Not every case ended exactly the way that I wanted it to, but I am secure in the knowledge that I did all I could for the people of Campbell County.”

Wirthwein joined the County Attorney’s office as a deputy attorney in 2012. He was named chief deputy by then-County Attorney Jeani Stone in 2013, before running for election to the position of County Attorney after Stone decided not to seek another term. Wirthwein is a University of Wyoming graduate who received his J.D. in 2006.

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During Wirthwein’s tenure, he presided over a number of notable murder cases, including Deborah Johnson, who shot her “nagging” husband as well as Donald Foltz, Jr., who was found guilty of killing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son. Wirthwein also prosecuted Todd Sindelar, who was found guilty of second-degree murder for a Thanksgiving Day shooting, as well as Joseph Nielsen, who was found guilty of first-degree murder for injuries leading to the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son, and Michael Montano, who shot and killed two men before dismembering and storing their bodies in totes in the back of his pickup and a storage unit.

Worthwein’s resignation will begin the process outlined in Wyoming Statute § 18-3-524 for appointments to fill vacancies. Under the statute, county commissioners have 20 days to notify the Campbell County Republican Central Committee of the vacancy. The Republican Central Committee will provide the names of three qualified electors to the Campbell County Commissioners, who then have 20 days to select a name from those provided by the committee. Should Commissioners fail to make a selection, any qualified elector may petition the district court to have the vacancy filled by a district court judge.