COLUMBUS Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard has his post election plans set. Bullard, who decided not to run for a second term, will be the new Cherryvale city manager.

Indeed, he's already started.

"I've already started on a part-time basis," he said. "I'll be on a full time basis when I get done at the Cherokee County Attorney's Office."

Depending upon the results of the Nov. 6 general election, either Republican Nathan Coleman, or Democrat Melanie Bingham will be the new county attorney come January.

Bingham was recently hired to be special assistant county attorney by Bullard to take up some of the slack caused by his split duties.

"It's not an endorsement one way or the other," Bullard said. "I talked to Nate (Coleman) about it as well, but he has some criminal defense cases and is contracted to the county so there would have been a conflict."

In a press release Bingham said she was looking forward to working in the office.

"I am both excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as special assistant county attorney here in Cherokee County," she said in the release.

Bullard said the Cherryvale job is a good fit for him.

"I've been city attorney in Cherryvale for six years," he said. "I like the people and I like the government. They had an opening so I put my name in the hat and it worked out."

Bullard said he is excited about his new job, but is sad to leave Columbus.

"I love the people in Columbus and a lot of them over in Cherokee County and I will miss them," he said.