CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently fired eight employees as part of an "office restructuring," according to state personnel records filed Monday.
The dismissals include two assistant attorneys general and two employees in the office's Consumer Protection Division.
A Morrisey spokesman would not comment on the firings.
"I cannot comment on personnel issues. Sorry," said Beth Ryan, Morrisey's communications director.
Morrisey, a Republican, announced plans to restructure the office after defeating longtime West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw in November. He has since announced numerous hirings of high-ranking administrators but has kept mum on dismissals.
The recent firings follow the departure of four additional employees -- including Senior Deputy Attorney General Silas Taylor -- who resigned or retired last month.
Those who lost their jobs in recent weeks were assistant attorneys general Greg Skinner and Scott Adkins. Skinner was paid $95,935 a year, while Adkins' salary was $100,540.
Skinner is the husband of Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster, a Democrat who defeated Morrisey's chief of staff, Dan Greear, in the 2010 election. Greear, a Republican, also was an unsuccessful candidate for attorney general in 2008.