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Kanawha officials talk of removing prosecutor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha County Commission may consider removing Prosecutor Mark Plants from office.

During a commission meeting Tuesday night, Commission President Kent Carper and Commissioner Dave Hardy directed county staff to place the issue on the agenda for a commission meeting following a decision by the state Supreme Court. That decision should be issued by June 19.

Commissioner Hoppy Shores was not present at Tuesday’s meeting.

“The point is everywhere I went this weekend, people wanted to talk about this issue,” Hardy said. “It is a distraction and it is a waste of taxpayer money.”

Hardy was referring to the first bill the county received from Special Prosecutor Don Morris, which totaled $23,650. Future bills are projected to cost about $30,000 monthly.

Hardy called for Plants to resign in light of the expense for the special prosecutor.

“This is a computer we didn’t buy, this is a police car we didn’t buy,” he said. “It is my opinion that the best resolution at this point would be for the prosecutor to remove himself from this situation.”

“It’s beyond a distraction,” Carper said of the situation. “I have never seen anything quite like I’ve seen the last couple days…

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