EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCommissioners Appoint Assistant To Take Over Office For 30 Days
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Reported: Oct. 10, 2013 8:52 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 10, 2013 11:08 PM EDT
Williamson , Mingo County , West Virginia
With prosecutor Michael Sparks resigning amid scandal and a federal charge, Mingo County Commissioners selected Assistant Prosecutor Teresa Maynard to fill the job for the next 30 days. They initially considered having the West Virginia Attorney General's office fill the void, but legal hurdles blocked that plan.
"It's a life changing situation for me, but I'm ready to work for the next 30 days to get our office back to where it needs to be," Maynard said.
Maynard has worked in the prosecutor's office since 2005. Commissioners were questioned about the decision, considering Maynard's connection to her disgraced former boss.
"I cannot answer a question for someone else" Mingo County Commissioner Greg "Hootie" Smith said. "I can tell you this, that I have contacted the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and asked if there is any pending action against Ms. Maynard and they have informed me that there is not."
Mingo County Commissioner John Mark Hubbard said he thought they did what they could do quickly and efficiently.
"We had already checked to make sure that there was no pending litigation that could be brought against Mrs. Maynard," Hubbard said. "We had that satisfied with the parties that we had spoken with and we felt, at this point, it was best for our county as we move forward."
"Teresa is a good lawyer," Butch West, of Williamson, said. "I don't really have any objection with Teresa. I do, however, have an objection with the way they did this."
Maynard said she expects the next month to be a busy one. The interim prosecutor said she won't make any office personnel moves and will decide later if she'll seek the job on a full-time basis.
"I know how it may look from the outside," Maynard said. "But to the people who really know me and have worked with me for years - because I've been practicing law here since 1995. I graduated and immediately came home. - I think those individuals will tell you that there is no cloud hanging over me."
Commissioners said they will accept resumes for the prosecutor's position until Nov. 1. They added that they will seek advice from both the West Virginia Attorney General's office and the Prosecutors Institute before filling the job on a permanent basis.
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