Marshall County Republican Committee members met Wednesday evening in Marysville to consider nominations for Marshall County Attorney, to fill the unexpired term of Brian Carroll, who announced his resignation effective August 30th.
Three candidates addressed the committee, Jason Brineger, Laura Johnson McNish, and Brad Lippert. Brineger, a Marysville resident, is in private practice locally, and had served just over two years as Washington County Attorney. Laura Johnson McNish of Marysville is a CPA and attorney, currently working with the Kansas Department of Revenue out of Topeka, and Brad Lippert of Sabetha serves in private practice, and has worked as Nemaha County Attorney for the past ten years.
Jason Brineger emphasized his experience and proximity to the courthouse, and indicated he may consider using an associate hired from the current budget. Laura Johnson McNish indicated that she was the only candidate who would resign her current position, and serve Marshall County full time. She did express concern that if the position of County Attorney were not combined with County Counselor, she would withdraw her consideration. Currently, the positions are combined, at the pleasure of the County Commissioners, who annually appoint a County Counselor. Brad Lippert emphasized his experience as a prosecutor. He currently has an assistant in the Nemaha County office, and expected to consider the same arrangement in Marshall County. All three indicated that they would be available to the county 24/7, and would handle all major cases personally.
Following a brief question and answer session, a majority nine of seventeen Republican Central Committee members voted Laura Johnson McNish for county attorney. Her name will be sent to the governor for consideration, and if approved, would take over for Brian Carroll, whose family is moving to Pratt this summer where he has taken a banking job. McNish is married to Marysville City Attorney John McNish, who also serves in private practice locally.
Brian Carroll had also served as Marshall County Republican Committee Treasurer. Todd Ackerman was the only candidate seeking that position, and was approved by unanimous vote of the committee.