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Parson, citing upcoming election, won’t appoint new Boone County prosecutor

Dan Knight gives his closing statement Nov. 11, 2021, in the trial of Joseph Elledge at the Boone County Courthouse.
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Dan Knight gives his closing statement Nov. 11, 2021, in the trial of Joseph Elledge at the Boone County Courthouse.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

Gov. Mike Parson will forgo appointing a replacement for former Boone County prosecutor Dan Knight, a spokesperson said Monday.

Missouri law gives the governor the power to appoint replacements in most county offices after a vacancy occurs. Knight was found dead June 4 at his Columbia home. The first assistant prosecutor, Nick Komoroski, was appointed prosecutor by Presiding Judge Kevin Crane the same day.

Parson's office said Monday that it "would defer to the interim appointment unless and until such an appointment proves incapable of meeting local needs," citing the proximity to the November election.

Only Roger Johnson, a former top assistant to Knight, has filed to run for the office this November. The winner of that race will take over the prosecutor's office for the next four years.

Komoroski has worked in the prosecutor's office for six years, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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