Local GOP nominates Willoughby for DA job


The Etowah County Republican Party Executive Committee (ECRPExCom) met Tuesday (July 28) in a special-called emergency meeting to make a recommendation to Governor Robert Bentley to fill the vacancy left by the untimely death of Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp.

The full committee met with Chairman James Clay presiding. Filling the District Attorney vacancy was the main order of business.

“I don’t like the reason we are meeting, but we must give a name to the Governor as soon as possible,” Clay said. He then asked for nominations.

State Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) made a motion to nominate Jody Willoughby, which was quickly seconded. There was discussion and Willoughby was invited to speak. 

“I truly appreciate this high honor,” he said. “I have always had a passion for service, and this appointment, if confirmed by Governor Bentley, will allow me to serve my community in a much bigger way.”  

The vote was taken and it was unanimous.

Willoughby is an Etowah County native, graduating from Southside High School in 1999. He attended law school at Faulkner University – Jones School of Law in Montgomery and has been in private law practice in Gadsden ever since.

During his remarks Willoughby said his wife Kristen was, “my rock” and expressed gratitude for her support and the support of his family. Together the couple has one son Mack, who is 15 months old.

Willoughby’s name will be submitted immediately for Governor Bentley’s consideration.

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