VIEWEG JOINS COURT Kanawha Magistrate Begins First Day On Job
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 9, 2012 9:52 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 9, 2012 10:04 AM EDT
, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
There was a new face on the bench Thursday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Kristen Vieweg began her first official day as magistrate.
Vieweg, an attorney who has worked in Kanawha County Magistrate Court for the past five years, takes over the position that was formerly held by Carol Fouty, who resigned Aug. 3.
In her decision to step down, Fouty, 75, cited health reasons and a desire to spend more time with her family. Fouty, who served as a magistrate for 26 years, faces a series of ethics violations. A proposed deal to settle those violations is now being considered by the judicial hearing board and the state Supreme Court.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom swore Vieweg in as a new magistrate Monday afternoon. Vieweg will fill the magistrate’s post for five months, the remainder of Fouty’s term. She said she has no plans to seek the office in the future and wants to become a teacher.
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