Supers appoint new county attorney
By Dwayne Bremer
Dec 17, 2013, 18:41
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Monday named Gary Yarborough as the county's new primary attorney.
Yarborough will replace Ronnie Artigues, who is leaving the county in January to seek another job in the private sector.
Yarborough, 32, is a Hancock County native and graduate of Tulane University Law School.
For the past five years, he has served as the city attorney for Waveland.
During his tenure in Waveland, Yarborough was instrumental in guiding the city through a rash of lawsuits against the police department and a financial crisis in 2010, officials said.
"Gary has done an outstanding job for Waveland," Board of Supervisors President Lisa Cowand said Tuesday. "We were looking for someone who has experience in local government and Gary is a perfect fit. We hate to lose Ronnie, but we are excited to bring Gary aboard."
The county attorney is responsible for attending meetings, handling litigation, reviewing contracts, and more.
Since he is taking the job with the county, Yarborough will no longer represent Waveland, although he will still assist the city will current litigation, he said Tuesday.
Waveland Mayor David Garcia said Tuesday that Yarborough will be missed, but he is "happy" for him and his opportunity to move to the county.
"The county is getting a fine young attorney," Garcia said. "Gary did a tremendous job for the city of Waveland. It's going to be hard to find a replacement as good as he is."
Garcia said Yarborough will serve the rest of his term in Waveland, but the board of aldermen will have to choose his replacement.
Cowand said Yarborough will work alongside Artigues in the coming weeks, getting acclimated to the issues currently facing the county.
Artigues’ final day on the job is Jan. 5.
Yarborough said Tuesday that he is "excited" about joining the county and he is thankful to Waveland for giving him the opportunity to serve there for the past five years.