Huntington – The appointment of a new Cabell County Circuit Judge has created an opening for the county Prosecuting Attorney position.
Governor Jim Justice announced late last week the appointment of Cabell Prosecutor Sean “Corky” Hammers as the replacement for Circuit Judge Chris Chiles, who resigned effective at the end of November.
By appointing Hammers, Justice created a vacancy in the Prosecutor post.
To be considered for the appointment, which must be done by the County Commission within 30 days of Hammers’ resignation, the applicant must be a licensed attorney.
State law also requires that the replacement be a member of the political party of the person he or she is replacing, according to the Secretary of State’s office. This will be the first time a Republican has been appointed to the seat in recent history.
County Administrator Beth Zerkle will provide applications to interested parties through 9 a.m., December 14. A resume will also be required.
Rumored candidates for the Prosecuting Attorney post include Family Court Judge Jara Howard, and Huntington attorneys Payton Smith and Ashley Lockwood.
Interested parties can reach Zerkle at 304-526-9802. Applications are available in her office at the Courthouse on Fifth Avenue.