- Associated Press - Thursday, December 21, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota state’s attorney has decided to not seek re-election in 2018 after serving for 20 years.

Richard Riha will have worked at the Burleigh County State’s Attorney’s Office for 36 years when he leaves office at the end of his term in January 2019, the Bismarck Tribune reported . The 61-year-old said he made the “final decision” to retire on Saturday.

The state’s attorney said it’s time for someone else to take over. “I’ve been in here long enough,” Riha said.

Riha has seen the office grow from four to 13 attorneys. He said caseloads increased significantly after North Dakota’s Bakken oil boom in recent years.

Riha said he has been handling more administrative responsibilities than when he first entered the office. He manages staffing increases, offers legal advice to other departments and reviews contracts. Riha helped consider the contract for the new Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center.

“I’ve taken over a lot of that because there’s just been so much to do,” Riha said. “With growth, there’s more business for us.”

The office is planning to expand into the former Burleigh County Detention Center’s space at the courthouse in downtown Bismarck soon.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com


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