JEFFERSON COUNTY — Former Federal Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin tells KFDM/Fox 4 News he plans to run for Jefferson County District Attorney with the goal of succeeding the man who hired him more than 30 years ago as a federal prosecutor.
That man, longtime District Attorney Bob Wortham, revealed to KFDM/Fox 4 he doesn’t plan to seek re-election next year. The General Election is in November.
Giblin retired as a Federal Magistrate Judge effective August 31, after submitting the federal paperwork long before that, and immediately went to work Wednesday as Executive Assistant District Attorney under D.A. Bob Wortham.
“It’s a bit like coming home,” Giblin told KFDM/Fox 4. “Bob hired me as a federal prosecutor 31 years ago when he was U.S. Attorney. He’s done an amazing job as District Attorney and to continue that would be great. I have some specific things I’d like to do.”
Giblin explains what prompted him to make the decision to run for D.A.
“I loved being a judge and serving the Eastern District for 17 years,” said Giblin. “When my retirement date approached, I looked for an opportunity to continue to work. I like to be engaged. This was a no-brainer, to serve the community that’s given me so many opportunities in the past. I love this community and I don’t want to leave. It’s a way to stay in my hometown and continue to serve my hometown with the people I know and love. It’s a great opportunity.”
Giblin will make a formal announcement at a later date.
KFDM/Fox 4 spoke with D.A. Bob Wortham Wednesday night.
“I have decided not to run for re-election,” Wortham told KFDM/Fox 4. “I’ll be 75 when I retire,” Wortham told us. “My wife and I want to do things while my health is good. I worked 60 to 80 hours a week. I’m going to spend time with my wife and repay her for all she’s done.”
Wortham has served many roles in the legal and judicial system, including U.S. Attorney, State District Court Judge and D.A.
“The Lord has blessed me with many opportunities,” Wortham said. “I’d like to think I’ve succeeded with them. It’s time to spend time with my wife and children and enjoy life.”
Written by KFDM/FOX4