Maynard, who got her law degree from West Virginia University, worked for Thornsbury when he was a lawyer in Williamson, before he became judge in 1997.
"I worked for Michael Thornsbury when I graduated from law school in 1995 until he took the bench and then I opened my own practice," she said. "A lot of attorneys in town started there.
"I knew him as mostly in his capacity as a judge, we were not friends in the social sense and I was never really in a social situation with him," she said.
Maynard said that Matthew Chandler, a part-time assistant Mingo County prosecutor, resigned Friday. She didn't say why.
Chandler testified before the grand jury that indicted Thornsbury, according to court documents.
"We're down, we went from an office of six to four and I don't want to make any personnel changes in the next 30 days since I don't know if I'll be here beyond that," Maynard said.
Maynard said she's not related to either Elliott "Spike" Maynard, a former Mingo County circuit judge and state Supreme Court justice, or Tennis Melvin Maynard, the man accused of killing Mingo Sheriff Eugene Crum in downtown Williamson in April. Under Sparks, the Mingo prosecutor's office was removed from Tennis Maynard's trial.
Teresa Maynard said she thought hard before accepting the prosecutor's job, even temporarily, during the ongoing investigation by federal prosecutors into county corruption.
There have been four Mingo County officials charged by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office since Aug. 15. Besides Sparks and Thornsbury, David Baisden pleaded guilty to attempted extortion and resigned as a county commissioner last week, and Dallas Toler resigned as magistrate after he was charged with voter registration fraud on Wednesday. Toler will plead guilty, Goodwin said.
"I take the judicial system very seriously and it has been agony for me to see it made such a joke of, to be quite honest," Maynard said. "I'm really appalled, but I'm hopeful we can get back on the right track."
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