Local attorney Jeff Ridner will be joining the staff of Coffee County District Attorney Mickey Layne on Jan. 1. Layne announced that Ridner will replace Emily Roberts, who will be leaving the position today (Dec. 28, 2012). Roberts, who has worked in the district attorney’s office for the last five years, has prosecuted cases during preliminary hearings in the General Sessions court. She has taken a position with the Mining Safety and Health Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor. She will also be responsible for prosecuting any mining companies that might be found guilty of violating mining laws. Assistant D.A. Kristy West has been assigned to replace Roberts in the prosecution of cases in Coffee County General Sessions Court. Formerly, West prosecuted cases involving domestic violence. No stranger to the DA’s office, West spent seven years working with the Haven of Hope and while there helped institute the program that allows women who have been domestically assaulted to obtain orders of protection against their attacker. In 2005 West began as a secretary in the D.A.’s office and while working in that position she began attending the Nashville School of Law. “Jeff will be taking over the prosecution of domestic violence cases,” Layne said. “He will be continuing the work that Christy has been performing.” The DA stated that Ridner is very knowledgeable of the law and will be a good “addition to the staff” of the district attorney’s office.