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Rosie Crum, widow of slain Mingo sheriff, resigns interim post

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The widow of slain Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, who took over as interim sheriff after her husband was killed, resigned Wednesday morning.

Rosie Crum had served as sheriff since early April, a few days after her husband was shot to death while sitting in his cruiser in downtown Williamson. Tennis Maynard faces murder charges in the slaying.

After a hearing Tuesday, a Maynard family member told reporters that, when he was a teenager, Crum sexually assaulted him.

The prosecutor in the Maynard murder case has included in his list of potential evidence the results of an investigation from 2002 in which a 19-year-woman accused Eugene Crum of sexually assaulting her.

Rosie Crum did not discuss the shooting in her single-page resignation letter. Her resignation is effective Sept. 4.

"Since my appointment in April of this year, assuming the duties and responsibilities of my late husband has proved to be quite an undertaking," she wrote. "The sheriff's office needs a qualified person who can dedicate the time and attention it deserves to ensure public safety and confidence.

"I would like to thank you and all those who supported my husband and I through the good as well as bad times," she concluded. "With this resignation, I will be given the opportunity to reflect on my life and spend much needed time with my children and grandchildren."

She recommended Dave Rockel, chief deputy at the sheriff's department, as her replacement. Rockel was Williamson's police chief until after Crum was shot, after which he was named chief field deputy for the sheriff's department.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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