The man who will replace Jason Cashon as the new assistant district attorney spent his first day on the job Monday in court.

Sterling Harmon was hired by Cashon in late October. Harmon was the Gaines County attorney for 17 years before he lost his re-election bid during the primary. Cashon said he is excited to have hired someone with so many years of experience.

“I think he is going to be a great fit,” Cashon said.

Cashon will take over as district attorney on Jan. 1, 2009. He has worked alongside District Attorney John Terrill since August 2000.

Cashon was elected to the district attorney’s office Nov. 4 after running uncontested. He said the transition phase within the office has already begun.

“John (Terrill) is beginning to wrap up his affairs,” Cashon said. “He has also been busy training Sterling.”

On Monday, Cashon addressed the Erath County Commissioners Court requesting a salary increase from $65,000 - $70,000 per year for the assistant DA’s position. Because the budget has already been set, the $5,000 increase will be taken from forfeiture funds until the next budget year.

“I believe it is money well spent for a guy with this kind of experience,” Cashon said.

Meanwhile, Cashon said he is looking forward to his new role as the county’s prosecutor.

“I plan to take all the things I have learned from John over the years and do something good with it,” Cashon said.