Gov. Andy Beshear on Jan. 6 appointed Hart Megibben as commonwealth’s attorney for the 53rd Judicial District, replacing Laura Witt, who took office Jan. 1 as district judge.

Megibben, former county attorney, will hold the position until a special election in November, when the slot will be filled to finish Witt’s term, which ends in 2024.

“This wasn’t in my plans, but after she won the election my plans changed,” said Megibben.

The 53rd district serves Spencer, Shelby, and Anderson counties.