TOPEKA – (October 5, 2011) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today that he has based one of his criminal prosecutors in Goodland to work closely with law enforcement and prosecutors in the western part of the state.
Assistant Attorney General Nicole Romine, who serves in Schmidt’s criminal litigation division, began her posting in Goodland on October 1. She will continue her duties handling criminal prosecutions for the attorney general’s office, working with county attorneys on local prosecutions, and working on criminal appeals from her post in western Kansas.
“This new arrangement will help ensure that our office remains in close contact with the criminal justice needs of western Kansas,” Schmidt said. “It is consistent with my commitment to be sure the attorney general’s office services the entire state.”
Romine added that she is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of her new assignment.
“I am truly excited for the professional and personal changes this transition will bring about,” Romine said. “I look forward to building positive relationships with local prosecutors and providing them with efficient access to the services of the criminal litigation division. My husband and I look forward to becoming a part of the Goodland community.”
Romine is the first full-time, general-assignment criminal prosecutor on the attorney general’s staff based outside of Topeka in recent Kansas history. Schmidt also has three drug prosecutors posted with task forces in Southwest Kansas and Southeast Kansas.
“We’re working to be good partners with our colleagues in local law enforcement agencies and local prosecutors’ offices throughout the state,” Schmidt said. “It’s a priority for me that we work closely together.”