WILLIAMSON - The former assistant that was appointed to the office of prosecutor for a thirty day period, Teresa Maynard, will now stay in that position until the residents of Mingo County cast their ballots in 2014. Maynard received the green light as the person selected from six applicants who threw their hat in the ring for the office of prosecutor.
Mike Carter, a veteran Mingo Board of Education (B.O.E.) member and a retired miner with 31 1/2 years’ service to his credit, was named as the top applicant for the office of county commissioner.
Maynard was appointed as a 30 day, temporary replacement following the resignation of Prosecutor C. Michael Sparks, who resigned from office after being named in a Federal Information Order. Sparks is expected to enter a plea in U.S. District Court to a misdemeanor charge on Nov. 18.
Mingo County Commissioners Greg “Hootie” Smith and John Mark Hubbard stated that while reviewing the resumes of those who applied for prosecutor and interviewing them, they looked for the person with the most experience as a prosecutor, as well as time spent in the courtroom. Maynard fit those requirements quite well, having served as an assistant prosecutor under Sparks since 2005. Maynard has not yet decided whether she will seek the office in 2014.
The commissioners conducted interviews on Monday with the 14 applicants for the commission slot, and remarked in Wednesday’s meeting that they were impressed with each and every person who expressed interest, commenting that they each brought unique ideas to the table, as well as a passion to see the county prosper and move forward.
Carter stated that the reason he made the decision to seek the seat that had become vacant after the resignation of former Commissioner David L. Baisden, who was indicted and pled guilty in federal court on extortion charges, was that after serving as a B.O.E. member for many years, he felt that he could do a good job on a larger scale for a greater number of people as a commissioner.
Carter, a graduate of Matewan High School who also attended Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, resides at Pigeon Creek with Jane, his wife of many years, and is the father of two grown children and the grandfather of four. He was born in Mingo County, and has spent his entire life here.
“I love this county,” said Carter. “My wish is to see everyone come together in unity, rather than staying divided as we are now. I will work hard to serve the public. I do not want personal gain, I want to see all those who live and work here to grow and prosper.”
“I’m blessed to have a little house on a piece of land at Pigeon Creek, I’m a simple man and I’m satisfied with what I have. One day when I leave this world, I’m sure I will be buried in the hills that I love.”
Carter thanked everyone who had supported his decision to seek this office, and expressed his gratitude to the commissioners and County Attorney Glen Rutledge for the faith they placed in his abilities to do a good job.
Carter resigned from his seat on the B.O.E. after receiving news of his appointment to the commission, which was effective on Wednesday. Information about the process the school board will take to replace Carter will be released as soon as it becomes available.