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Thorie retires from DA's office

Longtime Pierce County prosecutor Bill Thorie retired last week after 25 years with the district attorney's office. File photo

The retirement of a longtime prosecutor has led to a new face at the Pierce County Courthouse.

Pierce County Assistant District Attorney Bill Thorie retired Feb. 1 after 25 years with the office.

"We wish Bill well on his retirement," Pierce County DA Sean Froelich said. "He'll be missed."

Filling Thorie's role as Pierce County's full-time assistant DA is Kaley Walker, who until last week had been working on a limited basis with the St. Croix County District Attorney's Office.

"We're excited to have her here," Froelich said, noting that Walker was in private practice before working in St. Croix County.

She is the latest addition to the office, which previously saw Adam Sticht hired as Pierce County's part-time prosecutor after his predecessor, Rory O'Sullivan, went into private practice with the River Falls-based Rodli, Beskar, Neuhaus, Murray & Pletcher firm. Sticht will continue splitting his time between Pierce and Buffalo-Pepin counties, where he serves in a similar prosecutorial capacity.

Thorie declined to be interviewed, saying he's not a "fan of the limelight."

Froelich called Thorie "a great person and mentor."

He possessed the right temperament for the job, Froelich said.

"He's just so relaxed and calm and reserved that he could approach any situation very methodically and very collected," he said. "That just made him approachable and made him think through things analytically and without overreacting."

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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