Grant County Deputy District Attorney Mara Houck, who has been in the position since December 2016, has recently been hired by the Deschutes County District Attorney and will be leaving Grant County Sept. 21.
Houck truly excelled in the position, which required her to prosecute all cases involving sex abuse, child abuse and domestic violence, according to a statement from Grant County District Attorney Jim Carpenter.
The deputy district attorney, along with the victim intervention specialist and special investigator, have been funded entirely by a Violence Against Women Act grant. That grant cycle is three years and ends Sept. 30. Grant County has received this grant for four consecutive cycles, but the grant was not renewed for the 2018-21 cycle.
Carpenter said the deputy district attorney and victim intervention specialist positions are vital to the county and his office is exploring funding options to keep them.