WAYNESBURG – Longtime Greene County District Attorney Marjorie Fox announced Friday she will retire from the position she has held for nearly two decades.
“I cannot imagine a more interesting or fulfilling career,” Fox said in a written statement. “I have learned so much from so many, to include the grace demonstrated by the victims of crime to the determination of those defendants who strive to find their way to productive lives.”
Fox was appointed to the position by the Greene County Court of Common Pleas in April 2001 following the resignation of her predecessor, Glenn Toothman III. She later won elections to four full terms in office. She’ll leave office in early January when her current term expires.
“I hope that my service reflects the diligence and dedication demonstrated by these two humble jurists and merits the trust placed in me thereafter by the voters of Greene County,” Fox said of her appointment nearly 18 years ago by now-retired Greene County judges H. Terry Grimes and William Nalitz.
Before ascending to district attorney, Fox was appointed in 1989 to serve as an assistant to former district attorney David Pollock, and later was promoted to first assistant district attorney. She defeated Pollock, her former boss, when he challenged her in the 2007 Democratic primary election. Fox ran unopposed in her last election in 2015.
Her tenure marked a transition for many district attorneys across the state as the position changed from a part-time role to a full-time job in 2006. Up until that point, 40 of the state’s 67 counties utilized part-time district attorneys.
“I work all day anyway,” Fox said in a 2004 Observer-Reporter story about the proposal to change the position to full time. “If anybody asks if I want to be a full-time DA, I tell them that I already work full time.”
Before coming to Greene County in 1987, Fox worked in the criminal investigation division of the Internal Revenue Service. She and her husband, retired Observer-Reporter staff writer Bob Niedbala, reside in Waynesburg and have two adult children.
“Those closest to me encouraged me to accept the challenge to serve as district attorney and understand my reasons for choosing not to seek another term,” Fox said Friday. “They have essentially served along with me so I will always be grateful for their encouragement and support.”
She thanked those who have worked in her office during her tenure. As of Friday, no candidates have announced their intentions to run for the position, although that will likely change soon with Fox’s announcement.
“Many dedicated public servants continue to selflessly serve us, to include my co-workers past and present at the district attorney’s office as well as the honored members of law enforcement and the many first responders who work tirelessly to assure our safety,” she said. “I recognize and appreciate what each contributes both to this community and to my experience as district attorney.”
Fox did not indicate what her plans are after leaving the position in January.