Kristy Dugan, a prosecutor under District Attorney Julia Slater, is leaving Columbus for a job in her hometown of Mobile, Ala.
Dugan, 31, has been an assistant district attorney in the Columbus office of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit for 2 1/2 years. She’s also served as a prosecutor of arson cases.
“That’s my hometown. Both of our families are there,” Dugan said of her and her husband. “We just want to go back home and be with our families. I’ve loved my job here. I’ve loved this office. I wouldn’t leave for any other reason.”
Dugan has accepted a job with the Mobile District Attorney’s Office, where she’ll serve as a prosecutor in District Court. Dugan learned she’d been offered the job Feb. 1. Her first day is Monday.
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“It’s been very sudden,” she said. “It’s been fast because that’s when the district attorney needed me. I told Julia (Slater) immediately when I found out, and she’s been very gracious.”
Slater said her office intends to fill Dugan’s position. When it does, her office will be fully staffed.
“We will certainly miss Mrs. Dugan,” Slater said. “She’s a talented, young prosecutor.”
Dugan gained her law degree from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans and became licensed to practice law in November 2007. Prior to being a prosecutor, she served as a law clerk in Columbus.