Chuck Kitchen was removed as Durham County Attorney this afternoon and immediately replaced by former Deputy County Attorney Lowell Siler.
The reason for Kitchen's termination is that he is named in a lawsuit against Durham County by Southern Durham Development Inc., county commissioners Chairman Michael Page said.
"We want to keep this thing clean and we want to make sure that, because the [former] county attorney is named in that, that he is totally aside from the county," Page said.
Earlier this summer, Kitchen had announced his retirement Nov. 30. He remains on the county payroll until then, as an adivsor to Siler and to handle two other cases unrelated to the Southern Durham suit.