GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Longtime District Attorney Cono Caranna announced Wednesday that he's retiring at the end of his seventh term in office.
In November, Caranna will have served as District Attorney for Harrison, Hancock and Stone Counties for 26 years. His current term ends in early January 2012.
Caranna released a statement to the media that said, in part, "As much as I appreciate the opportunities you have afforded me, I have decided to make way for another who will build and improve on the record my talented staff and I have achieved. I know that the citizens of Harrison, Hancock and Stone Counties will make an excellent choice to serve them in the next four years. Few owe as much to as many as I do. The generosity and support you have given me made my career possible. You will always have my sincere gratitude and deep appreciation."
Caranna said he was proud of several "major innovations and minor adjustments" during his years in office that have made our justice system better. He points to improved rights and benefits for victims; formation of sexual assault investigation teams; better coordination among medical, legal, social work, law enforcement, and prosecution professionals; establishment of a drug court; the passage of legislation for life without parole; and the development of community outreach to support these needed advances.
"Thank you for the opportunity to have played a role in these improvements to our justice system," Caranna said.