TOWANDA - At their most recent meeting, the Bradford County commissioners appointed a new assistant district attorney and filled a vacancy on the Bradford County Conservation District's board of directors.

The commissioners appointed Carrie Worton, who has been serving as a law clerk for a Monroe County Common Pleas judge, as second assistant district attorney for Bradford County.

Worton replaces Francis Rineer, who had served as an assistant district attorney for the county since 2000. Rineer resigned from the position to take a job as a judicial clerk for Bradford County Court Judge Maureen Beirne, said Bradford County District Attorney Dan Barrett.

In addition to the district attorney position, Bradford County has two assistant district attorney positions.

Worton "was highly recommended" by the Monroe County Common Pleas judge that she clerked for for the past 2 1/2 years, Jennifer Harlacher Sibum, according to Barrett.

Worton received a B.A. in Political Science from Mansfield University and her law degree in 2010 from the Thomas Cooley Law School in Michigan.

She worked at the Elliott B. Weiss & Associates law firm in Williamsport in 2010 and 2011. She then worked a number of months as a judicial clerk at the Pennsylvania Bureau of Hearings & Appeals.

There were a "number of applications" submitted for the assistant district attorney position, Barrett said.

While there were approximately a dozen people who contacted the county about the position, some of them had not been admitted to practice before the courts in Pennsylvania and others only inquired about the position, Barrett said.

Worton will be paid $17.41 per hour in her new position, according to written information from the Bradford County Commissioners' Office.

Her salary was set by the Bradford County commissioners and the Bradford County Salary Board, Barrett said.

"The compensation level for the second assistant district attorney would be an opportunity for a young lawyer to gain litigation experience, including trials," Barrett said.

Worton's hire is effective on Aug. 18.

The commissioners appointed Scott Lackey of Columbia Cross Roads to the board of directors of the Bradford County Conservation District.

Lackey will fill the unexpired term of James VanBlarcom, who had submitted his resignation due to his appointment to the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board.

To become a member of the state Milk Marketing Board, VanBlarcom was required to resign from the Conservation District's board of directors.

Lackey will do a "terrific" job at the Conservation District, Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko said.

The commissioners also awarded a bid to do paving at the Bradford County Manor to Nelson & Streeter Construction Co. Inc. Nelson & Streeter will be paid $36,800.

"We're pretty happy with the price" that Nelson & Streeter charged, McLinko said, adding: "I think we budgeted $40,000, or just over" that amount, to pave the parking lot.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.