CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Putnam County assistant prosecutor will resign next month to join the state Attorney General's office.
Steve Connolly, who has worked as an assistant prosecutor in Putnam for 11 years, said Thursday he is looking forward to working as an assistant attorney general with Patrick Morrisey beginning July 15.
Putnam Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia will move Kevin Lawson from handling magistrate court cases to take Connolly's spot. Sorsaia will hire a new prosecutor to handle magistrate court, according to Connolly.
State Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, defeated Connolly in last year's primary election for state treasurer. Incumbent Treasurer John Perdue won re-election.
Connolly also will resign as attorney for the city of Hurricane, a position he's held for seven years. He also informed the state Republican Party he would no longer serve as counsel, which he did for the past year."I'm tremendously honored and excited to start doing something different and hopefully make a change, not just on the county level, but on a statewide level," Connolly said. "I think AG Morrisey has some really great initiatives he's already started, and I hope to help him play a role in shaping the state."