WSAZ has confirmed that Kanawha County Prosecutor Bill Charnock has resigned.
The Kanawha County Prosecutor's office confirmed that he stepped down Friday morning. In his resignation letter, Charnock cites that living apart from this wife and five-year old son has been challenging.
"This job just is not worth being away from my wife and son," said Charnock in the letter. He asked for his resignation to take effect immediately.
In a news release from Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says the commission "will meet as soon as it is practicable under the law as the legal responsibility to replace Mr. Charnock falls with the County Commission.
This amid a long investigation into whether or not Charnock broke any laws during his 2004 election campaign. He was the director of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorney's Institute at the time. That investigation lasted for more than a year.
We have tried to contact Bill Charnock, but our calls have not been returned.
FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS:
Kanawha County Prosecutor Bill Charnock has resigned in order to halt an investigation into alleged misuse of state resources. Special Prosecutor Dwayne Tinsley says an agreement reached late Thursday also stipulates that Charnock not work as an assistant prosecutor or prosecutor, or run for public office in Kanawha County.
It also bars Charnock from working for the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute. Charnock, who is midway through a four-year term, submitted a letter of resignation to the Kanawha County Commission today. The letter does not mention the agreement with Tinsley. Instead it cites family reasons for resigning.
Tinsley was appointed in December 2005 to investigate allegations that Charnock misused a state-owned laptop computer and other resources while executive director of the institute. The investigation was based on a November 2005 legislative audit that alleged Charnock ran political campaigns out of the institute.
Stay with WSAZ for the latest on this developing story.