The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved the hiring of Peggy Trent as County Advisor. She will assume her duties with the county on May 17. The position was vacated by Don Jarrett on March 20, 2020, upon his retirement and has been filled by Cindy Dunham, deputy director of Legal Services, since March 21, 2020, as the interim chief counsel/director of Legal Services. The board action was taken during its regular business meeting on Thursday, April 29. Once she obtains her Kansas license, Trent will officially transition into the chief counsel/director of Legal Services job title.
“We welcome Ms. Trent to the county organization and look forward to working with her,” said Chairman Ed Eilert.
“Peggy’s professional experience gives her an understanding of how county government operates,” said County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson. “Not only does she understand the dynamics of a complex organization such as ours, but her communication style and other contributing factors will make her a good fit for Johnson County Government.”
Trent has a 30+ year career as a government attorney. She has served as the County & Prosecuting Attorney for Albany County, Wyoming since 2015. She previously served as the Laramie City Attorney, and as Senior Assistant Attorney General representing the Wyoming Department of Family Services, Department of Corrections and the Governor’s office. Trent has also taught courses on local and state government law at the University of Wyoming Law School and Columbus State Community College, as well as owned and operated a general practice firm representing and counseling Wyoming local governments and boards. Prior to moving to Wyoming, Trent was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Columbus, Ohio for nearly 10 years.
“I was attracted to Johnson County by its innovative approach to addressing everyday issues facing the community,” Trent said. “My experience and background have prepared me to provide the proactive legal advice necessary for the county commissioners and manager to achieve the county’s desired outcomes and strategic priorities. I am excited to begin work as part of the team and am looking forward to living and working in Johnson County.”
Trent received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati.
She currently serves on the board of the Wyoming Prosecuting Attorney’s Association and Wyoming Association of County Officials. Trent is appointed to the Juvenile Division of the Permanent Rules Advisory Committee for the Wyoming Supreme Court as well as the committee for Juvenile Jury Instructions with the Wyoming Children’s Justice Project. Trent also serves as a board member for Criminal Justice Section of the Wyoming State Bar.