Washington County Attorney John Gish, also a major in the U.S. Army Reserve was back home in time for Christmas, returning on Dec. 22 from deployment in the Middle East. He has been assigned to the 311th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) for the duration of his tour that began in February.
The 311th provided combat support and combat service support to operations for the US Central Command area.
During his deployment, Gish worked at maintaining continuity in his county office, reviewing investigations and criminal prosecutions, providing legal advice to country boards and officers, interviewing applications for jobs in the county attorney’s office, holding regular video meetings with staff and speaking with crime victims.
“The people of Washington County elected me to do a job and I will always do everything I can to achieve it,” he said.
He expressed thanks to his family and friends in Washington for ongoing support and assistance and to the staff in the county attorney’s office “for their hard work and flexibility,” and the many people who offered their encouragement.
Gish returned a few months sooner than initially planned.
“I’m happy to be home earlier than expected, in time to spend Christmas with my family,” he said. “I look forward to my return to working full-time for the people of Washington County.”
Officially, he will be back in office February 8, 2021.
No details of his military work were provided. At the time of his announced leave from county service, it was noted he would be arriving in Kuwait. In his absence, attorney Anthony Janney served as acting county attorney.
Although the county supervisors offered to pay him at least a half-salary, Gish declined, noting “the army will take good care of me.”