Union County has a new Chief Deputy District Attorney — and he’s happy to be following in his father’s footsteps.

Greg Baxter has been appointed to the new position where he will be second-in-command of the district attorney’s office.

According to a press release from District Attorney Kelsie McDaniel, Baxter has been at the local DA’s office for four years. He carries a general caseload that includes mostly domestic violence and drug crimes. He also serves as the county’s DA’s Office Treatment Court Representative.

“I can also help the other attorneys in the office with their trial prep,” Baxter told The Observer. “I will also be responsible for going to different meetings throughout the county with community partners.”

McDaniel wrote Baxter is “well prepared” for the new position.

“He has earned the trust and confidence of law enforcement, defense attorneys and the courts with his hard work and ability to work well with everyone,” McDaniel said in the release. “He is a talented attorney who is experienced in prosecuting cases and I am proud to have him working beside me to reach fair and just results.”

Baxter said he may be getting more serious Measure 11 cases with the new position. He said Measure 11 cases include sex abuse cases, which he has prior experience with.

See complete story in Monday's Observer