New Harris County district attorney?

March 12, 2008 5:40:00 PM PDT
We now know who may replace former District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal. Sources tell Eyewitness News that Governor Rick Perry will name Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson as interim Harris County DA.

The announcement is expected as soon as the Department of Justice approves a leave of absence for Mr. Magidson. He's been an assistant U.S. attorney since 1987 and before that, worked at the Harris County DA's office. He is expected to fill the remainder of Rosenthal's term.

According to a source close to the appointment process in the governor's office, Magidson will serve until January regardless of what happens in next month's Republican runoff election.

Kelly Siegler, who is running in that race, approved of Magidson, saying only someone who's worked at the office, been a prosecutor for a long time and remains a prosecutor would be qualified. Those are ironically her qualifications as well.

Siegler's opponent, Pat Lykos, tells us Magidson certainly has the credentials to begin reforming the office. Lykos did say she would've accepted the temporary appointment but did not call the governor's office seeking it.

When reached earlier this week, Mr. Magidson would not comment on the pending announcement. He is not a candidate and since he is apparently seeking a leave of absence from his federal job, we expect he would return to it once the elections are over.

Our source tells us the governor hopes to make an announcement this week, but has to wait on the Department of Justice.

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