Incoming DA names chief assistant

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Luke Bumm was named Thursday as incoming District Attorney Roger Echols' chief assistant prosecutor.
In his new job, Bumm, 37, will supervise the other 21 assistant prosecutors in the Durham County District Attorney's Office.
"I think he will be a talented administrator who has proven to be a good decision-maker," said Echols, who will be sworn in as the county's top prosecutor Tuesday. "He's a person who will be able to continue and strengthen good relationships between our office and other agencies."
Echols said Bumm will continue to prosecute cases, "just not as many as he does now."
Bumm said the job means more responsibility, "but I'm excited to have a chance to do it."
He said he'll keep tabs on the everyday operations of the office "and handle things as they arise." He'll also supervise the office's drug and property crimes/fraud units -- areas where he's spent much of his time prosecuting cases.
Bumm received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a law a degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Before joining the Durham DA's Office, he was a staff attorney for The Innocence Project and worked at a Chapel Hill law firm that specialized in real estate matters. In 2005, then-District Attorney Mike Nifong hired Bumm as an assistant prosecutor. Bumm left for a year to work with an insurance defense law firm in Raleigh, and returned to the Durham office in 2012.
He said a top goal will be to "run the office as smoothly and efficiently as we can with the resources we have."
Echols was chief assistant prosecutor under interim District Attorney Leon Stanback, whose last day in office is Sunday. Bumm's new responsibilities officially start Tuesday.