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DA reorganizes office

Whiting hired as senior deputy district attorney


Following the July resignation of Sheryl Blackman, chief deputy district attorney for Jefferson County, the office has been reorganized.

District Attorney Steve Leriche said he now has two senior deputies, instead of a chief deputy.

Laura Moszer, who has worked in his office for about five years, and Wade Whiting, who started work in the DA's office on Aug. 28, will both be senior deputies.

"We're very happy to have him here," said Leriche. Whiting joined the Glenn, Reeder and Gassner law firm in October 2010, and became a partner in April 2012.

"I think he has the type of character and image that fits well for a district attorney's office," Leriche added.

The office now has four employees, including Leriche and attorney Courtney Quale, who has been with the office for about four and one-half years, according to Leriche.

Blackman served as a deputy district attorney for Jefferson County from 1998-2006, and then returned from January 2011 through July 2013, serving as chief deputy with a focus on child abuse cases.

"These types of cases receive the most emphasis in our office and they are very emotionally and mentally draining," said Leriche. "She did a remarkable job, and was a very valued employee."

Leriche said he would miss Blackman’s skill and dedication. "Although, she is taking a break from the practice of law, she remains close to the District Attorney’s Office and continues to be a resource."



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