VANCEBURG -- Ben Harrison was appointed Lewis County attorney, Thursday.
Harrison will replace Thomas Bertram, who retired on Feb. 28.
Harrison has served as the assistant county attorney since 2011.
A native of Lewis County, Harrison graduated from Lewis County High School in 2002. From there, he received his bachelor's of science degree in political science Northern Kentucky University. He then attended the Appalachian School of Law, where he received his juris doctor degree in 2009.
"From high school, I always knew I wanted to go into law," he said. "I wanted to be in a position where I could serve the people."
Harrison said one of the things he hopes to achieve as county attorney is to have an interactive county attorney website, where residents can find and download forms they may need or find information pertinent to them.
"Sometimes we have guardianship hearings in the office and some people don't know how it works," he said. "That would be information available on the website. They would be able to find forms they need or gather information."
Harrison said he is excited to be appointed the county attorney and will serve the position to the best of his ability.
"I'm very proud to be appointed by the judge-executive," Harrison said. "I'm happy he has the confidence in me to do this job. I had two great predecessors and I hope to live up to the reputation they have set for this office."
Harrison, a Republican, has also filed as a candidate for the position. The Primary Election will be held in May and the General Election will be held in November.