Angela Albers was appointed as the Wood County Criminal District Attorney Friday, Feb. 8 by Governor Greg Abbott, according to an announcement on the governor’s website.
Albers’ term will expire Dec. 31, 2020, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified.
“I want to thank Governor Abbott for my appointment as Wood County Criminal District Attorney. The Governor’s Office and staff have been incredibly helpful throughout the appointment process,” Albers said.
She also thanked State Senator Bryan Hughes and Representative Cole Hefner for their support.
Former District Attorney Jim Wheeler stepped down from the position as a Texas Rangers investigation was opened regarding official oppression in October. Wheeler won re-election in November, but he will not fulfill his term in office.
An election will be held to fill Wheeler’s remaining two years in office.
Another election will then be held in 2020, to fill the unexpired term, according to the Texas Election Code.
Albers has functioned as acting district attorney since Wheeler’s departure.
She was serving as the first assistant district attorney for the Wood County Criminal District Attorney’s Office prior to Wheeler’s investigation.
“Additionally, I am grateful for the tireless efforts of so many people who supported me in my desire to continue to serve the citizens of Wood County,” she said. “I will continue to work tirelessly to fulfill the mandate of the Wood County Criminal District Attorney’s Office to see that justice is done.”
This appointment is subject to state senate confirmation, according to the governor’s announcement.
(updated Feb. 12 with Albers' quotes)