Matthew Stephens was sworn in Monday as a new assistant with the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s office beginning May 1. District Attorney Dan Alsobrooks said Stephens fills a vacancy created by Kelly Jackson’s resignation to enter private practice. Stephens said he is “pretty excited” about joining the DA’s office in the 23rd Judicial District. In his 10th year as an attorney, Stephens received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham. He has previously worked as a prosecutor in Nashville and in private practice. Alsobrooks said he has “shuffled” some assignments within his office and Stephens will be assigned to the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force. Stephens said he is “absolutely” looking forward to being a part of one of the state’s most successful drug interdiction units. The 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s office has eight full-time state-paid assistant prosecutors and uses grants to fund domestic violence and DUI prosecutors while money seized by the task force is used to fund its prosecutor and operations. Dickson County Circuit Court Judge Robert Burch administered the oath of office to Stephens Monday morning in Charlotte.