Press release from the office of Gov. Pat McCrory:
RALEIGH – Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Justice Bob Orr, a former member of the N.C. Court of Appeals and former Justice on the N.C. Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy in the district attorney’s office in the 24th Prosecutorial District created by the retirement of Jerry Wilson. The 24th Prosecutorial District serves Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties.
“I would like to thank Justice Orr for his willingness to serve our great state again,” said McCrory.
“Justice Orr’s wealth of experience will be a perfect fit to fill the remainder of this term,” he said. “The people of the 24th Prosecutorial District are fortunate to have a former justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and a man of Bob Orr’s character serve them in this capacity.”
Orr will serve until a new district attorney is elected this year. He has most recently been counsel at Poyner Spruill and is taking a leave of absence from the firm to take the appointment. Justice Orr served as a member of the N.C. Court of Appeals for eight years before joining the N.C. Supreme Court where he served for 10 years. After retiring from the judiciary, he spent seven years as the executive director and senior counsel for the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law (NCICL), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public interest organization.