New Year, New County Attorney For Ector County

Scott Layh
Scott Layh

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - In less than 24 hours, Ector County will have a new County Attorney. Scott Layh was elected back in November and since then he has worked countless hours to ensure the transition between him and the current County Attorney Cindy Wier-Nutter would be seamless.

The closing of a chapter and the beginning of a new one is on the horizon for Scott Layh. On Tuesday, he will become the new County Attorney for Ector County and even though he's had several months to put aside all the nerves, he says he is excited about what the future holds not only for him but for Ector County residents.

"Very excited but very nervous at the same time. I know that there are huge responsibilities. I know that the people of Ector County have entrusted in me with these responsibilities and I want to take that trust. I want to show them that I am willing to work hard for them and to get the job done that's necessary," Layh said.

Layh will be replacing Cindy Weir-Nutter who served as County Attorney for four years. During that time, she made several changes all which she is proud of.

"I was able to get my pre-trial intervention program in for newer offenders to try to keep them out of the criminal justice system. We were able to get the first no refusal weekend for DWI's. It's good to go, I am excited to see where the office goes in the future," Weir-Nutter said.

The future is what Layh has been thinking about. He wants to start a "No Refusal County," he says it's a tool that will help decrease DWI's in the county.

"Where there is not going to be a refusal for a breathalyzer or BAC, which is a blood alcohol content test, to be taken, you can have that blood drawn and then you get an actual read as to DWI's," Layh said.

Layh says he hopes Ector County residents expect the best out him and his office because that's what he is working for.

"They should expect excellence. I want to make sure that they know we are there working for them and we are working with them and that they have access to me and my staff at all times." Layh said.