Robson to decline Ellsworth attorney position

Staff writer

Marion County attorney Susan Robson, who soundly beat out her competitor in the August primary for Ellsworth County attorney, has changed her mind about wanting the job.

In late September, Robson emailed a letter to Ellsworth County Clerk Shelly Vopat saying she won’t accept the Ellsworth County position if elected.

“My decision comes after much thought and prayer,” the letter reads. “I have come to the realization that I no longer wish to be a full-time prosecutor.”

Robson earlier said she wanted to move to Ellsworth to be closer to her mother. On Tuesday she said she’s decided she needs a break from full-time prosecutor work and her mother is understanding of that decision.

“I’m not saying I’d never do it again, but I need a change right now,” Robson said.

Robson said she plans to remain in Marion and return to private practice with Bob Brookens. She believes she also will remain Marion City Attorney.

Courtney Boehm of Hillsboro is running unopposed for county attorney, a position held by Robson since 2000.

That doesn’t mean Robson won’t prosecute a few more cases.

“There will be some cases I’ll help Courtney with because at first she may have some conflicts of interest,” Robson said.

Robson’s letter continued that she had come to that decision recently.

“It would not be fair to the residents of the county for me to take the position of county attorney if my heart isn’t in it,” Robson wrote. “I understand that I am breaking a promise and I do not take such matters lightly. However, I believe for me this is the best decision.”

Last modified Oct. 6, 2016