BURLEY — Cassia County’s chief deputy prosecutor McCord Larsen was sworn in June 29 as county prosecutor to replace Doug Abenroth, who left the office to be a magistrate judge in Minidoka County.
Cassia County Commissioner Leonard Beck said Larsen was the only applicant who applied for the position.
Larsen told the commissioners during an interview on June 26 that he was not former prosecutors Al Barrus or Doug Abenroth.
“They are two men that I respect and enjoyed working with,” he said.
“I want people to have the opportunity to change,” said Larsen of Cassia County defendants, but there are times when crimes are so egregious that people must be imprisoned for the safety of the community.
Larsen was hired in October 2013 as a deputy to Barrus and was appointed as chief deputy at the prosecutor’s office in September 2014, under Abenroth.
He is a native Cassia County resident and said he may be seen around town wearing cowboy boots and a belt buckle while driving a flatbed truck.
In regards to representing the county in civil matters, he may not have all the answers off-hand, Larsen said.
“But I know how to find them and I’m not afraid to ask others,” he said.
Beck asked Larsen if he would continue to handle private practice cases if appointed to the office of prosecutor.
“The juice may not be worth the squeeze,” Larsen said, noting he may have to reevaluate whether he has personal time for private practice cases.
“I know you’re conscientious, and I hope to never be on the other side of the table from you,” Commissioner Bob Kunau said.
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