ALTUS, OK (KSWO) –After serving for more than 25 years, District Attorney John M. Wampler has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2016.
Wampler was first elected as the District #3 district attorney in 1990 and ran unopposed six times. He was the longest-serving district attorney.
District #3 covers Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa and Tillman counties.
He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1974. From there, he went to the University of Oklahoma College of Law and graduated in 1977 with a juris doctor.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to have served in this capacity and to have had the opportunity to work with our area law enforcement, judges, attorneys and other public servants. They are some of the finest in the State of Oklahoma. I am truly blessed that the citizens of this district saw fit to elect me in 1990 and entrusted the powers and responsibilities of the office of District Attorney to me for the last 25 years," Wampler said.
Governor Mary Fallin announced Monday that Ken Darby of Duke, Oklahoma, will finish out Wampler's term, which expires in 2019.
"Ken Darby is the ideal choice to serve District 3," said Gov. Fallin. "He has dedicated his career to serving the people of southwest Oklahoma as a prosecutor and municipal judge."
Darby has served as Wampler's first assistant since 2007.