An interim District Attorney has been selected in Jeff Davis Parish following the death of DA Kevin Millican.
On Thursday morning, DA Elliot Cassidy was sworn in by officials, the sheriff's office states. Cassidy is an assistant DA for Jeff Davis Parish.
"We have to take steps, we're all sad, but we serve the public. We have to open back up and serve the people of Jeff Davis Parish," Cassidy said, "Kevin wouldn't want us to drag our feet, he was a hard worker."
His father is Michael Cassidy, who retired as the Jeff Davis District Attorney and ended his term in 2021.
Elliot Cassidy is taking over the position following the death of Kevin Millican on Wednesday. Millican died after suffering an apparent heart attack, according to the Jeff Davis Coroner. He was 49. Read more here. Cassidy will assume the duties of the office until a successor is elected and takes office.
Cassidy says he has known Millican almost all of his life.
"He cared for his wife and his kids. He always put family and faith before everything, and still managed to get the job done and do a good job. We didn't just work together, we were friends. He believed in me enough to be his first assistant," Cassidy said.
Millican was elected to the DA position in 2020.
"With him gone, there is a gap, and I don't know how we're going to fill it," added Cassidy.
An election will be required to determine a new District Attorney in Jeff Davis Parish. Qualifying for the election will take place from January 26-28, 2022. The primary election will be held on March 26, 2022, and the general election is set for April 30, 2022.
Funeral arrangements have been made; find them here.
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