WILLIAMSON - In a press release issued on Monday morning, Mingo County Commissioner David L. Baisden alerted the media that he was resigning from his position, effective immediately.
Baisden’s seat had become a hot topic within the county and the state, when he let it be known after he was indicted on federal extortion charges that he would not resign from office. After he entered a guilty plea to those charges, members of the public and media alike called for his immediate resignation, expressing their dislike that the taxpayers of Mingo County would be forced to continue to pay Baisden’s $36,000 a year salary, until which time he resigned.
Part of the federal plea agreement was that the commissioner would resign from office prior to his sentencing date, which has been set for Jan. 14, 2014.
The press release from Baisden reads as follows, in its entirety:
Mingo County Commissioner David L. Baisden will resign from his position effective immediately.
The resignation follows Baisden’s guilty plea to an extortion charge in U.S. Federal Court on Oct. 2.
“I’ve always had it in my heart to serve the people of this county in a manner they could be proud of,” Baisden said. “It was never my intention to do anything to put Mingo County in a negative light. I love this county and I love the people. I continue to want to do what is best for them.”
Baisden has served as commissioner since Jan. 1, 2007. He took great pride in being a “working commissioner for the people” and made public water projects his top priority.
“Every little boy and girl in Mingo County should have clean water,” Baisden stressed when discussing infrastructure in the county.
While in office, residents in the Dingess, Marrowbone, Jennies Creek, Goodman Hollow, Julius Hall Drive, Kings Drive and Ragland communities were afforded access to public water through the Mingo County Commission’s partnership with the Mingo County Public Service District.
In addition to championing county-wide access to public water, Baisden supported community-based not-for-profit organizations, local parks and tourism development.
Baisden began his second term as commissioner on Jan. 1, 2013.
“I’m sorry that I will be unable to serve the people of Mingo County for the remainder of the term to which they have elected me,” Baisden concluded. “I never wanted to let them down.”
The resignation will certainly please several local residents who has spoke at the commission meeting supporting Baisden’s resignation and removal. The remaining commissioners, John Mark Hubbard and Greg “Hootie” Smith, will have the responsibility of choosing Baisden’s replacement when they begin accepting applications for the now vacant seat.
If you would like more information on how this process will take place or if you would like to apply for the position, you may contact the county commission office by calling 304-235-0380 between regular business hours.