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January 2, 2014

Young steps down from RISD board

RUSK — Local attorney Dana Young recently resigned as a Rusk school board member to accept a position as interim county attorney for Cherokee County, to which she will be sworn in Thursday.

“I'm a little sad to step down,” she said; “we hired a new superintendent … I feel a little vested in that, because I want to see how he's going to do,” she said, adding that she believed so far, Scott Davis “seems to be doing a really good job – we've had a lot of updates at the campuses, where they've worked on the handicap accessible areas and redesigned the entries at the school to make them safer.”

However, Young, who has practiced law in Rusk for 12 years, said “I really feel like at this time, I need to step up and serve the county. And as Cherokee County Attorney, I can't hold both (positions).”

The Rusk ISD board of trustees met Dec. 23 to accept Young's resignation, and appointed former board member David Fulton to fill her position.

“David's a very experienced board member,” Young said. “When his term ended (four years ago), mine started.”

Young, who grew up in Crockett, is married to Austin Young, a local State Farm Insurance agent. The couple have two children: Grace, age 12, and Matthew, 8.

She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the South Texas College of Law.

Young was a member of the Rusk ISD school board for four years, and is a member of the Child Welfare Board. She also volunteers as part of a weekend nutrition program for children called “Packs of Love.”

She will replace Kelley Peacock, who was appointed last month as the interim Cherokee County Court-at-Law judge after county commissioners accepted the resignation of Craig Fletcher.

As county attorney, Young will receive a $116,872 annual salary – which includes a $70,000 state salary supplement – according to the county auditor's office.

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