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Gary Goff sworn in as assistant DA

Gary Goff is sworn in as the new assistant district attorney for the 286th District Court by District Judge Pat Phelan, Tuesday.

Gary Goff, former district attorney for the 286th District Court, was sworn in Tuesday as the new assistant district attorney for the 286th District Court.

Goff was sworn in after former assistant district attorney, Trey Hill, resigned to take another job as a prosecutor in Dawson County last month.

Goff’s swearing in comes on the heels of the resignation of Chris Dennis as district attorney for the 286th District Court on Friday, September 6.

Goff served as county attorney in Hockley County for two and a half years before being elected district attorney. He served as district attorney for six terms, just shy of 24 years.

He was actually hired by Dennis, who submitted his resignation earlier this month. Goff said because Dennis still has a “constitutional holdover” on the position, he has administrative responsibilities.

“[Dennis] still has administrative responsibilities or powers that still exist, even though he is not eligible to hold the office and has resigned,” Goff said. “So, he hired me to be the assistant district attorney.”

Goff said he felt an obligation to help out the county during this time.

“I could tell that it was going to be a difficult period of time for the county and for the district, because without there being someone in the office, things back up very quickly,” Goff said.

However, Goff said he has no desire to come out of retirement, nor to lobby for the district attorney appointment.

“I have no desire to run for the job; I was enjoying my retirement,” Goff said. “But, I thought I could help out a little bit in the interim.”

Dennis served as assistant district attorney for Goff until Goff chose not to run for re-election in 2012. Dennis won the primary that year and was appointed district attorney in August 2012. He was elected in November that year.

The governor will appoint a new district attorney to serve the remainder of Dennis’ term, which ends December 31, 2020.

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