Beacon Journal staff report

Gert Wilms, an assistant Akron prosecutor, is Akronís new chief prosecutor.

Wilms will replace Doug Powley, whose retirement takes effect Sunday.

ďShe not only has the experience and ability to do this job well, but she has the respect of the judges and defense attorneys whom she has to work with on a daily basis,Ē Mayor Don Plusquellic said in a news release Thursday announcing the appointment.

Wilms, an assistant city prosecutor since March 2002, has a law degree and masterís in public administration from the University of Akron and a bachelorís degree from the Ohio State University. She will earn $92,144 in her new position.

Powley had served as Akronís chief prosecutor for 23 years.