Posted by Debra Worley - email
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A local district attorney is under consideration for a federal job.
Senator Kay Hagan recommended New Hanover and Pender County District Attorney Ben David for the US Attorney for the Eastern Division of North Carolina.
David said he is honored to be interviewed, but that does not mean he'll be offered the position or that he would accept.
There is no word when a final decision will be made.
Below is a complete statement from DA Ben David:
I am honored to hear that my name has been sent to the White House as a candidate for United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. This comes after a recommendation by Senator Kay Hagan who convened an elite panel of jurists, headed by former Chief Justice Burley Mitchell of the North Carolina Supreme Court, to screen qualified applicants from across the State. I deeply appreciate the confidence that the Senator and the panel have placed in me and look forward to being a part of the process.
My life work has been directed toward being a prosecutor in southeastern North Carolina. I love my job and could not be happier with the people who serve with me. It is my intention to live in this region for years to come and to continue to work as a prosecutor.
The mere fact that I am interviewed does not mean that I will be asked to serve as the US Attorney or that I would leave a job, if asked, that I find as fulfilling as my present position. It is merely a step in the process of seeking a successor to George Holding, whom I have always held in high regard.
I am intrigued by the thought of talking to members of the United States Department of Justice about our successes in New Hanover and Pender County and how that might translate in the 44 counties of the Eastern District.
I will continue to look for that best way to serve the people of this region and do a job that affords me an opportunity to seek justice in the place I call home.
Sincerely, Ben David