MEDFORD, Ore. – Beth Heckert was sworn in as Jackson County’s newest District Attorney on Monday. Now, she says, the work begins.
After spending years in the office as a prosecutor, Heckert was elected D.A. in last November’s election. She replaces Mark Huddleston, who spent 32 years in the office, including 20 as D.A.
Heckert says she wants to modernize the office, in order to give the District Attorney updated technology and more tools to work with law enforcement and prosecute criminals.
“Getting a new data management system. I’ve already been working with the administrator’s office to get that going, and once we can have that, we’ll be able to accept reports electronically, which is something the police departments are really wanting us to be able to do,” Heckert said.
Heckert will also be leading a team of 18 Deputy District Attorneys, many of whom she worked alongside as a prosecutor.
As for Huddleston, he said he will spend part of his time teaching law courses at Rogue Community College.