Cisco then asked Smith if he would employ someone who knowingly stole from him.
"I'm not going to comment on my conditions of employment," Smith said. "I caution you back, because it's not that simple for Baisden not to be paid or not be a commissioner."
Hubbard and Smith said they would deal with Baisden's resignation when it happens. They would have to choose a replacement from a pool of Democratic candidates, but have not considered anyone yet, Hubbard said.
Also during the meeting, Mingo County Sheriff Steve Smith announced the resignation of Nathan Glanden as a sheriff's deputy.
A federal indictment filed against Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury named Glanden and State Police Trooper Brandon Moore as having been persuaded by Thornsbury to help plot against his secretary's husband. Federal prosecutors have said they will dismiss that indictment in exchange for Thornsbury's guilty plea to a separate federal charge.
Despite his resignation as a sheriff's deputy, Glanden is still employed as assistant police chief for the city of Gilbert, Smith said. Gilbert officials have refused to talk to the Gazette about Glanden's status.
After Wednesday's meeting, assistant Mingo County prosecutor Glen Rutledge said his office has been running business as usual, despite Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks' ongoing battle to keep his law license.
The State Office of Disciplinary Counsel announced in August that they would review Sparks' license, after federal prosecutors named Sparks and other county officials as part of an alleged conspiracy to thwart a federal investigation into Eugene Crum, Mingo County's late sheriff. Federal prosecutors said they provided the counsel with proof Sparks admitted his involvement in the conspiracy last week."We are not privy to Michael's doings," Rutledge said.
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