The four candidates for the open county attorney’s position were in town for interviews last week. The Los Alamos Monitor interviewed them during a meet and greet last Thursday.
Joseph Alvin Leaphart is currently city attorney and solicitor for the City of Statesboro, Georgia, where he has been for five years. Leaphart created the in-house council position for Statesboro.
“They had an outside council on a contractual basis before that, so I helped start that office and get that office organized,” Leaphart said.
He describes Statesboro as a university town, and sees his experience dealing with the university system as somewhat analogous to dealing with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Leaphart also has 16 years of trial practice.
“Over the years of practice I’ve just handled a wide variety of legal matters that affected local government,” Leaphart said.
When asked what attracted him to the position, he replied, “I’ve always loved the Southwest. It is basically the Southwest and the beauty of the natural environment, and the unique community that you have here. It’s just a very special place.”