From one chapter to the next

As we closed out my final term on Jan. 6, I just wanted to send a note of gratitude to the citizens of Simpson County that have been so kind and supported me these last 18 years.

Recently, I told some people in Allen County that if someone had told me that I would start prosecuting in a county that I had never had a case there before and go nearly two decades without ever hearing a local jury there say the words "not guilty," I would have thought they were off their rocker. But the credit for that type of success in both counties largely goes to begin surrounded by, and working alongside, some of the finest people you could ever hope to know. Despite going through the changes in leadership, in two counties, of three different KSP post commanders, five county attorneys, six county judge executives, six mayors, seven drug task force heads, eight chiefs of police, eight sheriffs, we were never disappointed in our expectations of continuing professionalism and results. And similarly, we expect the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office to continue on long after we are gone.

To the public and the numerous victims that reached out to our office recently, we have tried to assure everyone that nothing has changed with regards to any witnesses or evidence. Strong criminal cases will remain strong cases. Open investigations will continue to be pursued. This is simply a changing of the guard.

In closing, as we move from one chapter of our lives to the next, my family and I want to wish all a Happy New Year. May God Bless and keep you and those you love safe through the coming years.

Sincerely,

Clint Willis

Outgoing commonwealth's attorney

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