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McGraw fires six office employees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Outgoing Attorney General Darrell McGraw has fired six employees, with termination dates effective on Nov. 23, according to personnel documents filed with the state Budget Office.

The employees, who were notified of their terminations on Friday, include file clerk Natalie Shear, paralegal Christen Justice, temporary clerks Rebecca Battas and Jackie Henry and interns Carmalita Dedrick and Kaylee Parsons.

All show up in Budget Office records as terminations of at-will employees.

Managing deputy attorney general Fran Hughes said Tuesday the actions had nothing to do with the outcome of the general election.

McGraw lost his bid for a sixth consecutive four-year term to Patrick Morrisey on Nov. 6, but his current term does not end until Jan. 14, 2013.

"These were performance-related stuff, and nothing more to say," Hughes said.

She said the interns were coming to the end of their internships, and the temporary clerks had been part of Elderwatch, a consumer protection program for persons over 55, operated in conjunction with the state AARP.

Two other employees in the office were fired earlier this year, according to the personnel filings.

Tristram Lozaw, director of communications, was fired effective July 25, and procurement coordinator Michael Sublette was terminated on Aug. 13.

Reach Phil Kabler at philk@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.


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