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Orput: Increased prosecution is a focus

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Pete Orput said he wants to lead the Washington County Attorney's Office, and that will mean prosecuting cases himself.

There is a need to prosecute more crimes, Orput said, but there is no funding to add more assistant attorneys. As county attorney, Orput said he would take a caseload and would expect supervising attorneys in the office to do the same.

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He said it is important to provide leadership, not to make the county attorney strictly a managerial job.

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