CLAY, W.Va. – The Clay County Commission is preparing for the inevitable resignation of Sheriff Miles “Mike” Slack, who’s facing federal wiretapping charges for allegedly tracking activity on his ex-wife’s work computer in the magistrate’s office.
The commission met Wednesday for the first time since the news broke of Slack’s alleged wrongdoing. Commission President Mike Pierson said state code requires the county commission to fill the vacancy within 30 days by “appointment of a person of the same political party.” Before that process begins, Slack must step down.
“He has not resigned yet but in the near future we assume he is going to,” said Pierson. The commission president said he talked with Slack last week and understood the sheriff plans to step down at the time of his court hearing. That date, however, has not been set.
Meanwhile, Slack remains the chief law enforcement officer in the county. Pierson said the sheriff has been in and out of the office since the allegations surfaced..
“We are personally not looking forward to this. We like Miles. He was very good to work with,” said Pierson. “Be that as it may, we can’t do anything about it.”
Pierson said once Slack resigns the first thing commissioners will do is give the county’s chief tax deputy the ability to sign checks until a new sheriff is named.
So far, 13 people have shown interest in replacing Slack. The Clay County Democratic Executive Committee has recommended three: former County Commissioners Fran King and Peter Triplett and former deputy James Paxton. Pierson said the commission will consider all applicants.
Slack’s replacement will serve until November 2014 when the post is up for re-election.