Kanawha judge appoints temporary prosecutor

Charleston Daily Mail photo by Tom Hindman Judge James Stucky gave the swearing-in oath to Chuck Miller and congratulates him afterward.
Charleston Daily Mail photo by Tom Hindman Judge James Stucky gave the swearing-in oath to Chuck Miller and congratulates him afterward.
Charleston Daily Mail photo by Tom Hindman
Judge James Stucky gave the swearing-in oath to Chuck Miller and congratulates him afterward.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants leaves office Thursday, his Chief of Staff Chuck Miller will take his place on a temporary basis, Kanawha County commissioners decided Monday.

Miller will serve for up to 30 days until commissioners appoint a prosecutor to fulfill the rest of Plants’ term, which ends in January 2016.

Last month, a three-judge panel voted to remove Plants from office, finding he had committed malfeasance in office. Plants faces two misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and violating a domestic protective order.

Commissioner Dave Hardy said he expects the commission will select a replacement at that meeting, meaning Miller may only end up serving as temporary prosecutor for one week.

Commission President Kent Carper said Miller, current Special Prosecutor Don Morris, Charleston Councilman Chris Dodrill and Marty Wright have applied for the position…

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