During a time when many public officials are not held in high regard, Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby has been an exception. He has announced that he will not seek re-election to this highly important position in our county (Jan. 10 news story). That is a big loss for law-abiding citizens, but it is certainly understandable.
Few elected officials leave office with their reputations intact and with such high approval ratings from the public. He has served with the highest integrity possible in one of the most powerful and important positions in our state. A loyal Democrat, he has never shown even a hint of partisanship in his dealings with those who have broken the law and with the attorneys who practice law in the Wake County courts. He is firm but fair, and he keeps his word. He has been fearless in his prosecution of public officials, primarily if not entirely members of his own political party. He does not discriminate or show favoritism when it comes to the justice system.
So as we thank Willoughby for his public service and extend our best wishes to him in his next career, let others step forward in public service, using him as a model.