WILLIAMSON, W.Va. -- The Mingo County Commission chose a new member today and appointed a new county prosecutor as it tries to find its way out from under what Commissioner Greg "Hootie'' Smith called a lingering black cloud of corruption scandals.
Commissioners chose interim prosecutor Teresa Maynard, who had accepted a 30-day appointment last month, to permanently replace her former boss, Michael Sparks. It also appointed school board member Mike Carter to replace former County Commissioner Dave Baisden.
Media outlets say Maynard was immediately sworn in, but Carter must wait until he resigns from the board. He didn't attend the special meeting in Williamson.
Both Sparks and Baisden resigned last month after they were charged in separate cases that grew out of an ongoing federal corruption probe.
Though both were implicated in a scheme to protect former Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he'd bought drugs, only Sparks was charged. He's expected to plead guilty to conspiracy in U.S. District Court in Charleston on Nov. 18.
Baisden awaits sentencing Jan. 14, 2014 in the same court on an unrelated federal extortion charge.
Crum was shot to death in April in an unrelated attack as he ate lunch in his vehicle.
Federal prosecutors say Sparks, Baisden and former Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury had cooked up a scheme to keep Crum's alleged drug supplier and campaign sign maker, George White, from talking to the FBI about the late sheriff.