Huntington – Invitations are being delivered for Friday’s swearing-in ceremony for new Cabell County Circuit Court Judge Sean “Corky” Hammers.
Cabell makes up the Sixth Judicial Circuit.
Following the appointment of a new Cabell Prosecuting Attorney and the expiration of 20 days since Governor Jim Justice appointed him, the new Judge will be administered the oath of office at 1:30 p.m.
Hammers will be stepping into the judge position that was vacated by former Judge Chris Chiles.
Chiles resigned, effective October 30, because of health concerns.
Senior Status Judge Dan O’Hanlon has been filling in for Chiles since the latter’s resignation.
Ironically, Hammers was originally appointed Prosecutor to replace Chiles.
Like Hammers, Chiles was Cabell’s elected Prosecutor before being appointed to the bench.
Cabell County has four judges. The others are Paul T. Ferrell, Alford Ferguson and Gregory Howard.
Hammers will serve until a Prosecutor is elected in November.
An effort to keep Hammers from taking the oath as Judge has apparently been dismissed by the Supreme Court.
Edward Jesse Dreyfuse an inmate convicted for murder had filed motions for writs of mandamus and prohibition that would have kept Hammers from being sworn in, if they were granted.
Family Court Judge Jason Spears has been appointed as the new Cabell Prosecutor by the County Commission.
Jason Spears before becoming a family court judge, was an assistant prosecuting attorney in Cabell County.