Mingo seeks new prosecutor, commissioner

Nov 4, 2013

The Mingo County Commission is expected to name a new county prosecutor and county commissioner this week.

Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden exits the U.S. District Courthouse in Charleston after pleading guilty to federal extortion charges on October 1.
Credit Ashton Marra

Former prosecutor Michael Sparks and former Commissioner David Baisden resigned in October after they were charged in separate cases stemming from a corruption probe.
WSAZ-TV  reports that the commission interviewed candidates to replace Sparks and Baisden on Monday. Commissioners plan to name a new prosecutor and magistrate at their meeting on Wednesday.

Sparks is accused in a scheme to protect Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he'd bought drugs. Drum died in April in an unrelated shooting.

Baisden pleaded guilty in October to a federal extortion charge.

A Nov. 18 plea hearing is set for Sparks.