Today, Wednesday, January 6, 2016, State's Attorney Paul Murphy turned in his resignation to the Foster County Board of Commissioners. After his resignation, at a special Foster County Commission meeting later in the day, it was decided to have all the County files and equipment moved from Paul Murphy's office to the Courthouse where the new State's Attorney's office will be located. A notice will be published in the newspaper regarding the opening in Foster County for a new State's Attorney.
Interestingly enough someone sent me a photo of all the Foster County legal files and filing cabinets sitting out on the sidewalk in front of Murphy's office. There was no one in sight to protect them. We made sure Commissioner Josh Dreher was notified about the unprotected files, and he immediately sent people to bring them to the courthouse.
A visitor on my Carrington News Facebook site posted the following: "Were these deliberately left here by Murphy with no intention of getting them to a safe place? If so, isn't this an ethical concern that should be reported to the state office that oversees county state's attorneys? or state bar association? I have no idea what is in these files, but I can only assume there could be private information on victims of various crimes, and I can't imagine this is the proper way to transfer files to the new states attorney."