By Jesse Wood
May 28, 2014. Interim District Attorney Bob Orr of the 24th Prosecutorial District submitted his letter of resignation to Gov. Pat McCrory, according to a May 27 press release from the local District Attorney’s Office.
Orr’s resignation is effective June 5, and McCrory has “issued a commission to Seth Banks of Burnsville to assume the duties of district attorney for the balance of the existing term effective upon the date of Orr’s resignation,” the release states.
Orr was appointed by McCrory to stand in for former DA Jerry Wilson after he resigned a month before the May primary for health reasons. Wilson is battling lung cancer and his term was set to expire after the general election in November.
In a three-candidate contest in the GOP primary in May for district attorney in the 24th, which serves Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and Madison counties, Banks won decisively with 48 percent of the vote. Because Banks has no Democratic challenger in the general election in November, the primary effectively decided that race.
Orr endorsed Banks prior to the primary.
N.C. Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin will administer the oath of office for Banks, who will be sworn in on Thursday, June 5, at 5 p.m. in the Yancey County Courthouse in Burnsville.
A public reception will follow at the Nu-Wray Inn.