Governor Pat McCrory has appointed former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert “Bob” Orr as the interim district attorney for the 24th Judicial District to fill the vacancy created by District Attorney Jerry Wilson with his sudden retirement March 31st due to health problems.
Gov. Pat McCrory's office announced the appointment on its website Tuesday, saying, "I would like to thank Justice Orr for his willingness to serve our great state again," said Governor McCrory. "Justice Orr's wealth of experience will be a perfect fit to fill the remainder of this term. The people of the 24th Prosecutorial District are fortunate to have a former justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and a man of Bob Orr's character serve them in this capacity."
Orr served as a member of the N.C. Court of Appeals for eight years before joining the N.C. Supreme Court, where he served for 10 years. After retiring from the judiciary, he spent seven years as the executive director and senior counsel for the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, a nonprofit public interest organization. He is taking a leave of absence from the law firm Poyner & Spruill to take the appointment.
Orr will serve until a new district attorney is elected this year. The 24th Prosecutorial District serves Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties.