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Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson has appointed a new Jefferson County Attorney.

The job goes to Michael O’Connell, a former judge who’s has served on and off as an assistant county attorney since 1975.

O’Connell was appointed to succeed outgoing County Attorney Irv Maze, who resigned to accept a judgeship appointment from the governor.

Since Maze’s appointment and resignation from office came after Tuesday’s candidate filing deadline, O’Connell won’t have to stand for election this November.

He says he plans to be on the ballot for a full term in two years.

“If I do a respectable job and don’t make too many mistakes–I’m sure I’ll make mistakes along the way–but i have every intention of running in 2010 and hope to be running with Mayor Abramson at that time for a full term,” O’Connell said.

O’Connell says he’ll continue to operate his private practice as time allows.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."