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Willoughby to leave DA's job at month's end

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District Attorney Colon Willoughby already had announced in January he wouldn't seek re-election in November. District Attorney Colon Willoughby already had announced in January he wouldn't seek re-election in November.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Wake County's top prosecutor is leaving office after 28 years and several months before his term was to expire.

"It was an excellent opportunity for me to work with an interesting group of lawyers who do very professional work," Willoughby said.

District Attorney Colon Willoughby already had announced in January he wouldn't seek re-election in November. Willoughby told Gov. Pat McCrory's office Thursday he was stepping down March 31. He's joining the Raleigh office of the McGuireWoods law firm on May 1.

"Colon Willoughby's career was marked by integrity, high ethical standards and an unbroken trust given to him by the people of Wake County," McCrory said in a news release. "He was an important voice against white-collar crime and government corruption and the people of North Carolina are indebted to him for his exemplary public service."

Willoughby was first elected district attorney in 1986. The Wake County DA may be the most high-profile local prosecutor in the state because the job handles government corruption cases. The Democrat was involved in the prosecution of former House Speaker Jim Black and state Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps.
    
McCrory can appoint someone to fill out Willoughby's term. Four Republicans and two Democrats are running for the next four-year term.

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