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UPDATE: Lewis County Prosecutor Plans to Retire, Officials Begin Search for Replacement

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Update (3/24/2014)

The Lewis County Democratic Executive Committee will meet on Monday to recommend candidates for Prosecuting Attorney.

The seat is being vacated due to medical reasons by current prosecutor Mike Smith.

The Lewis County Commission asked for names from the committee before it made a final decision next week.

Smith's resignation was accepted during the commission meeting this morning.

His last day is March 31st.

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Officials in Lewis County are moving quickly to find a replacement for Prosecuting Attorney Michael Smith.

The Lewis County Democratic Executive Committee will meet on Monday to submit three or more names to the county commission to fill Smith's position.

The Commission hopes to name the replacement by the end of the month, before Smith retires from office.

That replacement will serve until an election for the position is held in November.

Smith announced his retirement earlier this week due to health problems.

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A longtime prosecutor will retire at the end of the month.

Lewis County Prosecutor Michael Smith said he decided to step down after being injured in a fall at the state capitol due to high blood pressure.

The 71-year-old Smith said doctors blame job stress for the incident.

Smith said he's leaving county law enforcement in good hands.

"The people we have in law enforcement around here are top-notch. They're the best I've ever worked with in the overall without any question. And we're very fortunate about that. We have honorable people, we have smart people in our law enforcement," Smith said.

The Lewis County Commission will not name a temporary replacement for Smith until the end of the year. His office will be up for election this November.

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