By Mike McCormick
Tri-County Herald 

Familiar Faces Among The New Hires At The DAs Office


January 10, 2019

District Attorney Allan Grubb

Newly-elected District Attorney Allan Grubb has been sworn in only a few days, but he's been busy assembling his staff since shortly after winning the office Nov. 6.

Grubb, 43, was sworn in at the Federal Courthouse in Oklahoma City Monday and took over operation of the office that day as the DA for Pottawatomie and Lincoln Counties.

He was admitted to the state bar in 2004, after becoming a licensed legal intern in 2003.

He acknowledges there will be some new faces among his assistant district attorneys and staff. However, many of them will be familiar and are local, too, Grubb said.

Grubb has named Lt. Col. (Army Reserve) Tanya Roland as his First Assistant District Attorney. Other full-time Assistant DAs in the Pottawatomie County office are Solola Webb and Joe Freeman.

Webb has been in the office around two months working for DA Richard Smothermon, who left office last Friday.

Another present full-time Assistant DA, Scott Raybern, is to continue as the Juvenile Attorney for both counties.

Webb and Raybern are the only two current Assistant DAs staying, Grubb said.

He said Raybern was a former staff attorney for the Legislature and that he helped write Title 10A, which is the State Juvenile Code. He also prosecuted juvenile cases in Cleveland County, he added.

Grubb pointed out that despite rumors, "I've been willing to talk to any of the current staff members in the district attorney's office who wanted to talk to me about keeping his or her job. Most of the current staff members who are leaving are doing so voluntarily."

His plans include two full-time Assistant DAs in Lincoln County. New full-time Assistant DA David Ball will be what Grubb referred to as "the managing attorney in Lincoln County" and Sheila Cunningham also will be a full-time Assistant DA in that county.

Ball's roots are in Lincoln County and he set up law practice in Stroud in 1991. According to his resume, he's been in private practice with an emphasis on criminal law and has served as municipal judge for Prague, Agra, Tryon and Carney along with cities and towns.

There will be other Assistant DAs who work in Lincoln and Pottawatomie County. Greg Wilson will handle civil matters as a part-time Assistant DA. Randall Wiley will be part-time focusing on criminal cases.

Wiley most recently served as Shawnee's Municipal Judge for about three years. He's been an attorney since 1979.

Deanna Wilson, Greg's mother, will be full-time in charge of child support for both counties, Grubb noted.

He mentioned he's hired local attorneys with experience and veterans are among those who are joining his team.

Grubb referred to some as "highly experienced."

Some other members of his staff filling key positions, he said, include Dedra Johnson, who will be his financial coordinator; Pattee Jackson, who will serve as administrative assistant; and Regina Morton, part-time administrative assistant.

All of those are local people. Jackson served in the office of former Associate District Judge John Gardner for years and Morton has prior experience in the DA's office with a prior administration.


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