Ian M. Jones, left, is endorsed for Allegany County District Attorney by current Allegany County DA Keith Slep, who announced he is not running for re-election after 34 years in the office. John Anderson photo.
By JOHN ANDERSON
After 34 years in the Allegany County District Attorney’s Office, Keith Slep is ready for retirement.
While many DA’s in Allegany County went from prosecutor to judge, Slep said he will retire and not seek re-election. He is also endorsing Assistant District Attorney, prosecutor Ian M. Jones for his position.
“The worst kept secret in Allegany County politics is, I’m not running again,” Slep said with a laugh in an interview Sunday with the Wellsville Sun. “I’m wholeheartedly endorsing Ian Jones as our new Allegany County District Attorney.”
It was a low-key announcement. Slep and his wife, Cindy, were all smiles as they talked to Jones and his family during the announcement.
After the primary elections, Slep said he would reflect on his time in office. But for now, he wanted to talk about Jones. Slep has spent 13 years as the Allegany County District Attorrney. He won elections for 12 of those years and one year he was the acting DA.
“Ian Jones has the most experience and a great work-ethic. His prosecutory philosophy is what a vast majority of Allegany County residents deserve,” Slep said. “His unflagging support of second-amendment is in line with the residents of Allegany County, law enforcement and the public. He’s the right guy at the right time.”
Jones and his wife, Chelsea and children Avery and Ada joined the Slep family when the DA announced his plans not to run for re-election and endorse Jones.
The Wellsville Sun sat down with Jones for an interview and a video. He discussed his career, how he got into the office and his plans if elected. The interview will run later this week in the Wellsville Sun.