Forbes described Akers as a "pitbull" prosecutor. At the time of her firing, detectives at the sheriff's office and Charleston police said Akers was one of the best prosecutors they had ever worked with.
In 2012, Akers accepted a temporary post at the office of U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, where she acted as liaison to the federal and county agencies and cross-prosecuted cases in the two jurisdictions. Akers was Plants' chief of staff at the time she took on the temporary federal post.
Morrisey said his office has been investigating prescription-medication and methamphetamine abuse in West Virginia, and "the issues that hinder law enforcement in the state from helping to crack down on the problem.
"I believe Ms. Akers' past professional experiences as an assistant county prosecutor will greatly aid our office in its efforts to meaningfully address the scourge of drug abuse that impacts thousands of West Virginians and their families," Morrisey said in a prepared statement.
Morrisey's office would not disclose Akers' salary.
Two weeks ago, House Health and Human Resources Chairman Don Perdue, D-Wayne, asked Morrisey to investigate how much of a common cold medication, pseudoephedrine, is being diverted to manufacture methamphetamine. State law enforcement agencies have seized a record number of meth labs this year.
Perdue also asked Morrisey to take legal action against any drug companies "responsible for engaging in that activity in the knowledge that such sales accrues to the benefit of malefactors," according to a letter sent to the attorney general July 11.
Perdue said Thursday that Morrisey had not responded to the letter.
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