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Home confinement officer chosen as new Clay sheriff

By Staff reports

CLAY, W.Va. -- Clay County commissioners unanimously appointed county home confinement officer Garrett Samples as the county's new sheriff Wednesday.

Samples replaces Miles Slack, who pleaded guilty last week to federal wiretapping charges for secretly installing keystroke monitoring software on his then-wife's computer. Slack's wife worked in the Clay County Magistrate Court office, and her computer was connected to a central network at the state Supreme Court.

Clay County Commission President Mike Pierson said commissioners had 16 applications for Slack's position but narrowed the list down to three. Samples, former Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Jim Paxton and current Sheriff's Deputy Robert Belt were interviewed last week, Pierson said.

"They were all real close," Pierson said. Commissioners chose Samples at a special meeting on Wednesday. Pierson said in addition to his current position as home confinement officer, Samples has law enforcement experience in Belle and Clendenin in Kanawha County.



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