At their meeting Wednesday, Campbell County Commissioners unanimously selected Mitchell H. Damsky as Campbell County and Prosecuting Attorney.
Damsky will complete the term of Ronald Worthwein, Jr., who announced his resignation on Oct. 22. The term has two remaining years.
Damsky was selected out of a pool of three candidates advanced by the Campbell County Republican Central Committee at their meeting Monday. The two other applicants, both current employees of the county attorney’s office, were Kyle A. Ferris and Jonah Buckley.
Commissioners interviewed the candidates beginning at 3 p.m. today, ending two and a half hours later.
Damsky said he was humbled by the selection.
“Three or four weeks ago, I wouldn’t have even thought about this,” he said. “I look forward to serving the county. I look forward to working with law enforcement and making things more efficient and fair. I look forward to working with all of the deputies and staff and look to make the courthouse a happier place.”
Damsky currently works as a senior trial attorney in Campbell County for the Wyoming Public Defender’s Office. He has worked in that role since moving from Birmingham, Alabama, in 2014.
In his cover letter to the Republican Central Committee, Damsky noted that he thought the county attorney’s office was too lenient with plea deals. He also noted that leadership had failed to teach and mentor deputy county attorneys and prepare cases for trial with witnesses and law enforcement.
“This laissez faire approach with law enforcement continues to cost victims their day in court, damage the perception of justice in our community, and cost taxpayer’s money with unsuccessful trial results,” he wrote in his letter.
One other applicant, Ferris, took particular exception to the allegations in Damsky’s cover letter, noting by name cases that the Wyoming Supreme Court had upheld which had been tried by the county attorney’s office.
Commissioners addressed a number of areas with their questions, but a significant number were related to the culture of the county attorney’s office.
Damsky said he looks forward to the job and will coordinate with his boss at the public defender’s office to make the transition quick, while still handing things off in a good place.
When asked if he intends to make big changes in the county attorney’s office, Damsky said he wanted to focus on making things more efficient, noting that he was not looking to implement big changes but instead wants some time to get the pulse of everybody in the office and “create a good, happy team.”
Dakmsky obtained his J.D. from the Birmingham School of Law and has a B.A. in history. He completed a degree in comparative government studies in Oxfordshire, England.