Mingo Prosecutor releases statement to the public

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

October 12, 2013

WILLIAMSON - On Thursday, The Mingo County Commission appointed Teresa D. Maynard as temporary successor prosecuting attorney for Mingo County. Maynard will temporarily replace C. Michael Sparks, who resigned from the position on Wednesday in the wake of a federal investigation in which he has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Maynard graduated summa cum laude from WVU with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science and sociology in 1992. She then earned her doctor of jurisprudence from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1995. Later that same year, Ms. Maynard was admitted to the practice of law in WV. In 1996, Ms. Maynard was granted admission to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Both licenses remain active at this time.

In January 2005, Maynard joined the Prosecuting Attorney’s office on a part-time basis while continuing to maintain an active private practice. In August 2008, her duties were greatly expanded. At the time of her appointment, the new prosecutor was primarily assigned the prosecution of crimes against children and the elderly as well as most sexual assaults. In addition, she handled all juvenile delinquency and incorrigibility matters as well as abuse and neglect proceedings. Maynard plans to retain her previous case load while temporarily assuming administrative duties.

Maynard’s appointment is temporary in nature and is expected to last for a period of thirty (30) days. The Mingo County Commission will be accepting applications for a permanent replacement for Mr. Sparks through November 1, 2013. Ms. Maynard has not yet made a decision on whether she will apply for the permanent appointment.

“While I am honored by the faith Commissioners Smith and Hubbard have placed in me, I know that I belong in the Courtroom…not tied to a desk,” remarked the new prosecutor. Therefore, if the administrative duties associated with my appointment limit my ability to actively prosecute cases, it is unlikely that I will be seeking the appointment on a permanent basis.”

During her short tenure, Ms. Maynard hopes to return integrity to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.

“The process will naturally be slow; however, in 2005, I took an oath to uphold the Constitutions of West Virginia and the United States of America. With that oath comes responsibility. The significance of that oath weighed heavily on me during the hours immediately prior to my acceptance of the temporary appointment,” stated Maynard.

Maynard will remain busy over the next month as ten felony cases are scheduled to commence during that period. In addition to her increased trial schedule and new administrative duties, she will continue to actively manage approximately seventy (70) abuse and neglect cases and twenty (20) juvenile matters.