CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha County Commission will look at a proposal from Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants to allocate money from his office to cover the costs of a special prosecutor during a meeting next week.

Plants did not attend the Kanawha County Commission’s special meeting on Tuesday that was focused on ways to pay for the special prosecutor who was appointed to handle domestic cases while Plants is facing two of his own misdemeanor charges.

However, after the meeting, Plants sent a memo about his proposed cost savings plan — one that would total more than $111,000 — to commission officials.  As proposed, it would pull $75,000 from the drug forfeiture fund along with $25,000 from savings within the prosecutor’s general budget.  Also, Plants would waive an $11,592 pay increase that’s set to take effect July 1.

“I think it’s a great idea to use money from the office’s drug forfeiture account to offset these costs,” said Plants in a press release issued Tuesday. “This is not tax-dollar money; this is money seized from dangerous drug dealers.”

Kent Carper, Kanawha County Commission president, quickly sent a memo back asking Plants or one of his representatives to attend the next Kanawha County Commission meeting on June 12 to discuss the matter.

Carper raised a number of issues. “In reference to your salary deduction, as I recall the code section, if you do not elect to take the salary increase prior to July 1, 2014, you will be unable to do so until your term expires, regardless of how the conflict is resolved,” Carper wrote.

He continued, “In reference to your proposal to reduce your 2014-2015 budget by $25,000, where will these cuts come from? I request public assurance these cuts will not affect any blameless employees.”

Plants is accused of violating a domestic protective order along with domestic battery for allegedly beating his son with a belt and leaving a bruise.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Duke Bloom appointed Don Morris to serve as chief special prosecutor for domestic cases in Kanawha County to avoid potential conflicts.  The next hearing in front of Bloom is scheduled for Thursday.

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  • Marcus

    Sounds like this is backfiring on the ole county commission!! Maybe they the county should have left Mr. Plants alone!

  • Wirerowe

    I think that the model of a special prosecutor while the elected prosecutor retains his elected offices is something we should adopt in Washington. The elected President could keep his office and make speeches and the special President could run the country,

    • The bookman

      You mean King!

  • thornton

    I assume that the drug money would only have molded, neglected and unused, in a dusty vault for a few decades, eh?

    It is nice when poor personal decisions and ethical abandonment find resolutions by rabbit-earing a very convenient public pocket.

    Might be a good idea to check the fund flow from those noted sources over time....many unethical bird hunters hit the same easy covert over and over until it is drained of a value.
    Situational ethics allow for all manner of those bad.....personal.....decisions.

  • Silas Lynch

    next time I'm called for Jury Duty and I'm reminded that it is a "Civic Duty" I will call for the same pay my employer pays me.

  • Jim N Charleston

    How does a special prosecutor get paid $200 an hour for public service sector work? The US Attorney General doesnt make that much BANK. Are prosecuting domestic violence cases on the mean streets & hollows in Kanawha County more important than terrorists to public safety? This special prosecuting job must be the best legal gig in the eastern time zone.

    I'm Jim N So Charleston
    All I Got

  • The Answer

    No worries, Dollar Danny and King Carper will have this mess cleaned up and removed within the next 60 days.

  • ViennaGuy

    What a mess.

    • Tim

      So right. He acts as though this is his money. This is money thanks to our law enforcement they have captured. This belongs to the taxpayers who foot the bill via taxes to take care of drug addicts. Mr. Plants should just be ashamed of himself and move on. He is burden to every citizen of Kanawha county.

      • Amanda

        The Gazette did an article a few months ago about how Mr. Plants and his office reduced the jail bill for Kanawha County, which has saved the taxpayers over $570,000 dollars over the last year. Why is the county commission not speaking highly of Plants in that situation? This is a county commission driven agenda. They keep speaking of "other attorneys they have to hire at $200 an hour", well as a taxpayer of this county I want to see ALL the records and payments the county commission has paid towards lawyer fees and the reason in which they needed a lawyer. Also, I believe the fact that some of Mr. Plants' employees are willing to take a salary cut in order to keep him as a boss speaks volumes of Plants! I wonder how many Charleston Police Officers or County workers would be willing to take a cut on behave of Danny Jones and Kent Carper....... My guess is zero.

        • Sparticus

          Your making an assumption that his employees have a choice to have their pay cut. They are probably learning about the pay cut from the article.

          • Amanda

            I'm not saying that and the employee was quoted in the paper. I'm just saying that to have employees willing to do that for their boss is hard to come by these days. I'm sure Carper is all mad about Mr. Plants' employees willing to do that. This is all about the fact that Plants isn't Carpers "boy" anymore, and nothing to do with Mr. Plants record as a prosecutor.

    • Aaron

      You ain't just whistling Dixie.