BUCKHANNON - David Earl Godwin began his law career in Upshur County as a part-time prosecuting attorney, and after decades of working with the federal government he is set to return to Upshur as an assistant prosecutor.
"I have worked for the federal government for over 30 years," Godwin told The Inter-Mountain this week. "I've been on the road and I wanted to come home, back to the place I started."
Godwin was hired by the Upshur County Commission during Thursday's meeting.
Godwin received his bachelor's degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1972 and earned his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1979.
He worked as a part-time assistant prosecuting attorney in Upshur County from 1979 to 1984 before he was tapped to work as an Assistant United States Attorney fro the Northern District of West Virginia. Godwin held several different positions with the federal government.
"I'll be taking on part of the case load and my goal is to do a good job," he said of his new role. "I am looking forward to working with the local people. I am looking forward to working back home."
Godwin will take on his new position Aug. 25.
Upshur County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Reger said the county is lucky to have Godwin back on board.
"We had more than one qualified applicant apply for the position," he said. "I feel fortunate that an individual with David's background and experience applied for the position.
"I think we are very fortunate to have Dave serve our community in this capacity," Reger said. Godwin will assist in the prosecution of criminal cases and work with juvenile issues.
"I think he brings a wealth of experience, a great deal of ability and I think it is important that he is from here and knows the community," Reger said.