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Rugg takes over as Jefferson County district attorney
Jefferson County has a familiar face taking over as acting district attorney.
Tom Rugg is the senior first assistant DA, and he is taking over as the acting DA as required by law.
Longtime Jefferson County DA Tom Maness retired before his term expired at the end of this year.
Rugg is also the judge of County Court at Law No. 1, and he's running for judge of the 58th district court.
Bob Wortham currently holds that job, but says he's stepping down to run in the democratic primary for DA.
Rugg says he'll remain in place to make sure the DA's office operates smoothly until the governor appoints an interim DA.