New Prosecutor Appointed in Kanawha

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Kanawha County Commission has promoted an assistant prosecutor to take over the job vacated by former Prosecutor Bill Charnock, who resigned last week in order to halt an investigation into alleged misuse of state resources.

Fifty-year-old Steve Revercomb was sworn in Wednesday afternoon by Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charlie King. The 22 assistant prosecutors were sworn in with him.

Commission President Kent Carper says the three-member commission unanimously agreed to Revercomb's selection.

He says Revercomb has spent his entire law career -- nearly 25 years -- with the prosecutor's office and has served with distinction. Revercomb was selected from a pool that initially included six candidates.

Charnock's resignation on Friday was part of an agreement with Special Prosecutor Dwayne Tinsley, who was appointed in December 2005 to investigate allegations that Charnock misused a state-owned laptop computer and other resources while executive director of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute.

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