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CHARLES TOWN – As the result of a two-day hearing conducted in late March, a three-judge panel has removed Jefferson County Commissioners Tricia Jackson and Jennifer Krouse.

The primary issue was refusal by the pair to attend a few Commission meetings in 2023. Jefferson Prosecutor Matthew Harvey filed the removal petition. The panel was headed by Judge Joseph Reeder. Other judges were Patrick DeChristopher and Jason Wharton.

The decision was distributed to the parties Wednesday, May 1. A spokesman said the two will appeal the decision.

In ordering the removals, the panel accepted the prosecutor’s determination that Krouse and Jackson had failed to perform their duties.

Under state law, when there is a vacancy on the Commission, it is up to the remaining Commissioners to fill the post. The replacements must come from a member of the same party as the departing person. In this case, Jackson is a Republican and Krouse is a recently-registered Mountain Party member. She, too, had been in the GOP until a few weeks ago.

On May 26, 2023, Commissioner Claire Ath resigned. That left four members – Jackson, Krouse, Jane Tabb and Steve Stolipher.

When the four convened on June 23, 2023, they deadlocked, 2-2, on a replacement for Ath. Stolipher and Tabb favored Matthew McKenny; Jackson and Krouse voted for Isabel Simon.

Thus tied, the Commissioners received names of possible replacements from the Republican Executive Committee since Ath was registered with the GOP.

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Jackson and Krouse believed at least one of those named was ineligible to serve. Since Stolipher refused to quit placing the replacement of Ath on each meeting agenda, Krouse and Jackson stopped attending meetings. This denied the Commission a quorum (three) this stopping them from appointing anyone the two thought ineligible.

When a judge ordered the pair to attend meetings, they resumef attendance.

In addition to appealing the removal, Jackson and Krouse are expected to ask for a stay in the panel’s ruling until their appeal is ruled upon.

Here is Jackson’s full statement following the decision:

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The people of Jefferson County are witnessing an injustice.  The entire system is being exposed and we see now that there are no checks and balances.  A court decision has removed two duly elected servants of the people from office. An election has been overturned and the will of the people has been subverted.  I am working with my attorney and plan to file an immediate appeal. I have no intention of surrendering and plan to challenge this unjust decision every step of the way.  Elections mean something and I will continue fight for the citizens of Jefferson County against those that are working to do us wrong.

The lawfare attacks on President Trump that we are witnessing on the National level are now happening in West Virginia. Just like with President Trump, my opponents have weaponized the legal system to attempt to suppress and deny the will of the voter.  As described by many reporting on the Trump legal proceedings, this is election interference.

The people of Jefferson County did not ask for this, nor did they want it. Over the past few months, the groundswell of support from voters has been overwhelming. I am truly humbled by the amount of support and love that has been shown to me. I will not forget it and I will continue to fight for the good people of Jefferson County and the state of West Virginia.

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Just like with President Trump, the establishment is afraid of me and what I will do when I become the next West Virginia State Auditor. Can anyone imagine what they are so afraid of?  As for me, I am more certain and determined in my resolve to continue to fight to expose the corruption that has wronged the people of Jefferson County and I will do the same for the people of West Virginia.

I haven’t given up fighting for you and I am asking you not to give up fighting either. Let’s continue this fight together. Thank you for your support thus far, and I am asking you to continue to fight alongside me to fight the corruption; to fight the entrenched good old boy establishment by sending me to Charleston as your next West Virginia State Auditor.”

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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  • Ron Gregory

    From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia – Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.

From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia - Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.

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