County attorney resigns, will stay at town post, for now


By Kay Braddock

  Prairie County Attorney Rebecca Convery has stepped down from her position as county attorney, but said she will remain at her post as the Town of Terry’s attorney, for now.

“So long as I’m in the area, I will work for the town,” Convery said Monday morning. 
Convery said her decision to resign as the county attorney has been a back and forth one, between whether to resign or take a leave of absence. About a month ago she informed county commissioners of her decision to step down.  
“My parents are elderly and in need of full-time care,” Convery said, noting handling county legal case work, along with maintaining the care of her parents has been “pretty overwhelming.” 
Convery officially resigned from her position Monday. County commissioners have appointed attorney Gary Bunke of Miles City to serve during the interim.  
The county attorney position, an elected 4-year seat, will be up for election Nov. 6, 2012. Interested candidates can file for the position beginning Jan. 12, 2012. Filing deadline to appear on the ballot is March 12, 2012. The filing deadline as a write-in candidate is April 27, 2012.  If needed, a primary election could be held June 5, 2012.
Convery said she is considering relocating to live closer to other family members who could help with the care of her parents, but that decision won’t be made for several months. If she does move, Convery said she will give town officials plenty of time to begin the process of finding a replacement.
Convery began work as the county attorney in February 2009. She took over as town attorney in August of this year, after longtime town attorney Dale Hubber moved to Portland, Ore.

Published Nov. 2, 2011

 
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