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Jailed Assessor in West Virginia County Resigns


The Wayne County assessor has resigned ahead of a hearing on whether he should be removed from office.

Eric Hodges submitted his letter of resignation on Friday. He has been in jail since late August on charges of embezzlement, computer fraud and two counts of unlawful use of a state purchasing card, among other charges.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that Hodges’ resignation was delivered to a three-judge panel upon the defendant’s arrival at Wayne County Magistrate Courtroom.

Wayne County Commission President Bob Pasley said the commission will conduct a special meeting Tuesday to formally accept Hodges’ resignation. Commissioners will then determine the next step for the assessor’s office.

Pasley said the commission would consider naming an interim assessor or just name a successor.

The term ends December 31, 2016.