CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston lawyer Dwane L. Tinsley was appointed U.S. magistrate judge for the Southern District of West Virginia in Charleston on Friday by district judges, his office confirmed Monday.
His swearing-in is tentatively scheduled for April 8, clerk Teresa Deppner said. Tinsley replaces Judge Mary Stanley, who retired at the end of March. She was the state's first female federal magistrate.
Tinsley, a Fayetteville native who earned his law degree from West Virginia University in 1981, is an attorney with Hendrickson & Long PLLC.
He worked as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1987 to 1991 after leaving a position as a Fayette County assistant prosecutor, according to his résumé on the website of the University of Charleston, where he teaches classes on forensic accounting and fraud investigations.
Tinsley was in a meeting Monday in Beckley, according to his office. He did not return a phone call.
He served as special prosecutor in Kanawha County in 2005 to investigate the case of Bill Charnock, the former Kanawha County prosecutor who was accused of using public resources at the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute to help his campaign for prosecutor and the campaigns of his siblings.
In exchange for Charnock's resignation and promise to never again seek public office, Tinsley agreed not to present his findings to a grand jury or to release them to the public.
In 2010, the state appointed Tinsley special attorney general to help the Department of Administration and the Division of Highways comply with subpoenas during a federal investigation of former Gov. Joe Manchin's administration.