PURCELL — Jeff Virgin, an assistant district attorney serving McClain and Garvin counties, has been selected as a special judge for that district.
Virgin, 31, was selected by District Judge Greg Dixon, who presides over those two counties.
Along with Cleveland County, those counties comprise Judicial District 21.
“I am a little overwhelmed by this,” Virgin said Tuesday. “I am really excited to get going. I’ve always wanted to be a judge and this is a great opportunity. I really enjoy working with everyone in McClain County. Everyone gets along very well.”
Since August 2010, Virgin has been serving as an assistant district attorney prosecuting cases for the state at the McClain County courthouse.
Last September, he was named managing attorney for the district attorney’s office there.
District attorney Greg Mashburn said Tuesday, “I had enough confidence in Jeff to run the McClain County office.”
“I am very excited for Jeff. He is an extremely hard worker,” Mashburn said. “It is a great selection, and I look forward to working with him.”
Virgin will fill the special judge post held by Gary Barger, who announced that he will retire.
In 2007 and 2008, Virgin served internships in the Cleveland County DA’s office.
He received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2008 and started working as an assistant district attorney for Cleveland County. He also served as chief of the Cleveland County Misdemeanor Division.
At OU law school, Virgin was an assistant editor of the Oklahoma Law Review. A graduate of Noble High School, Virgin served as head student manager for Coach Bob Stoops and the OU Sooners football team from 2000 to 2005.
Virgin, whose full name is Jeffrey Blake Virgin, is married and his wife’s name is Rooney.
Regarding a replacement for Virgin, Mashburn said he doesn’t know yet whether he will be able to fill the slot before the next fiscal year.
“I have to go over the budget and see where we are,” said Mashburn, adding that if the budget is tight, he might have to hire a less experienced assistant district attorney.