The Meeker County Commissioners has hired a new county attorney.
The West Central Tribune reports Anthony “Tony” Spector, who operates a private law firm in the Twin Cities and also works as a part-time deputy with the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, will take office Feb. 1.
He replaces former Meeker County attorney, Stephanie Beckman, who was recently appointed as a judge in Minnesota’s Eighth Judicial District.
The 46-year-old Spector will fill the remaining two years of Beckman’s term and will have the option to run for election in 2014. Besides being a lawyer and licensed peace officer, Spector also teaches law enforcement classes at Hennepin Technical College. He has a master’s degree in public safety education and administration from the University of St. Thomas and graduated from William Mitchell College of Law.
Spector said he worked as a police officer in Minneapolis for 13 years, including the time he was in law school. He left full-time law enforcement to begin his legal career, which included serving as the prosecuting attorney for the city of Dassel. When Dassel dissolved its police department and contracted with Meeker County, Spector said he began a part-time job as a sheriff’s deputy.
For the last five years he has worked a couple shifts a month as a patrol officer in Meeker County.