Gregory Benefiel was confirmed as the next McPherson County Attorney Thursday evening.

Current county attorney Torrance Parkins announced his resignation effective Sept. 15 and will join a private practice in the area.

Benefiel was confirmed to replace Parkins at the McPherson County Republican precinct convention held at the McPherson American Legion. As Benefiel was the only candidate, he was confirmed by vocal affirmation.

Benefiel is currently an assistant attorney general for the state of Kansas in the criminal litigation division. He’s served in that capacity for four years, and has previously served as an assistant district attorney in Douglas County and Reno County. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas School of Law.

“I am very excited to see what Greg’s experience can do for McPherson County,” said Parkins. “My last day is Sept. 15, so in the meantime, I’ll work with Greg to get him up to speed on current cases and office duties, so it’s a seamless transition.”

As Parkins is resigning within the first two years of his term, Benefiel will need to run for another two-year term in the next November general election in 2018 so he will be back on the position’s four-year cycle.