Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 6, 2013

Mingo names new county commissioner, prosecutor


Associated Press

WILLIAMSON — Scandal-plagued Mingo County has a new prosecutor and commissioner.

The County Commission on Wednesday chose interim prosecutor Teresa Maynard to permanently replace her former boss, Michael Sparks.

It also appointed school board member Mike Carter to replace ex-county commissioner Dave Baisden.

Media outlets say Maynard was immediately sworn in, but Carter must wait until he resigns from the board.

Both Sparks and Baisden resigned their posts last month after they were charged in separate cases that grew out of an ongoing federal investigation of political corruption.

Though both were implicated in a scheme to protect former Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he’d bought drugs, only Sparks was charged in that case.

Baisden awaits sentencing on an unrelated federal extortion charge.

Crum was killed in April in an unrelated shooting.