Although Jewell said he never filed a complaint with the state Judicial Investigation Commission about Thornsbury, he did file motions on several occasions challenging some of the former judge's rulings.
"Those were always met with resistance," he said.
McCune also didn't file a complaint with the commission that investigates complaints about judges in the state.
"When we thought that inappropriate procedures were followed, we filed the appropriate legal documents," she said.
McCune grew up in Belle and attended Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. She came to Mingo County as a social worker to help during the devastating flood of 1977.
"I fell in love with the county and the people," she said.
McCune didn't want to speak about the federal investigation but said she'd like to give Mingo residents what they deserve: trust in their officials.
"I don't have any comment about the investigation, especially since it's ongoing. I'm only willing to say that I'm honored to be recommended by the commission. There were a lot of good applicants, so it makes it much more of an honor to be chosen out of so many good applicants, and I look forward to what the future holds for Mingo County," she said. "I love the law and I love this county, and I'd like to see trust restored."
The commission could have recommended up to five applicants to the governor. Four others had applied for the position: Robert H. Carlton, Steven Johnston Knopp, Glen R. Rutledge II and Mingo Family Court Judge Miki Thompson.
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