Ori White sworn in as district attorney

Photo courtesy of Rod Ponton // The Alpine office of the 83rd District Attorney was sworn into office on January 4, 2021 by Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara. Pictured from left are Assistant DA Tim Crowley, Marisol Skelton, DA Investigator Leti Carrillo, Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, 83rd District Attorney Ori White, Assistant DA Rod Ponton, and First Assistant DA Jerry Phillips.

TRI-COUNTY — Ori White was sworn in as the local district attorney at a masked ceremony in Presidio County Courthouse on Monday. Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara presided over the ceremony.

Joining the district attorney’s office are Jerry Phillips as first assistant district attorney, Tim Crowley, Marisol Skelton and Rod Ponton as assistant district attorneys and Leti Carrillo as DA investigator.

Both Crowley and Ponton will be working as assistant district attorneys on a pro bono basis and will primarily focus on Presidio and Jeff Davis counties, Ponton said in a brief phone interview this week. Ponton also previously served as the district attorney.

White, a Fort Stockton-based lawyer, was the 112th District Attorney in West Texas from 1997 to 2004. He grew up in Marfa and has had family in the region since at least the time of his great-grandfather. As a Presidio County native, he “looks forward to serving this region,” a news release about his swearing-in stated.

White ran last March in the Republican primaries and defeated Republican DA incumbent Sandy Wilson, who was elected to the office in 2016. With no Democratic challengers, that victory essentially guaranteed him a win in the general elections in November. In a roughly hour-long interview with The Big Bend Sentinel after his primary win, White outlined his priorities for office, including cracking down on methamphetamine and ensuring victims were involved in criminal proceedings.

“I look forward to putting both feet into the 83rd DA’s office so I can give it my best,” White said in that phone interview from last year. “Really, in my view, I’m going to have the best job in the world.”