HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's been more than two decades since Cabell County has sworn in a new Prosecuting Attorney, but ended that Thursday morning.
Sean "Corky" Hammers was sworn in front of a packed courtroom.
Hammers was appointed to the position by Cabell County Commissioners during their meeting Thursday morning.
He replaces Chris Chiles who was recently named a Cabell County Circuit Court Judge by Governor Tomblin. Wednesday afternoon, Chiles was sworn in as Judge.
Hammers has been with the Prosecutor's Office for 17 years.
He says while it’s an honor to be appointed to the position, the appointment comes with a challenge that weighs heavy on his heart.
"It seems almost every single crime committed in Cabell County is either because of, or fueled by, someone on drugs or alcohol. We are not going to be able to eliminate drugs or alcohol driven crimes we could take the defendants and either put them in prison or we can offer some very good alternative sentencing programs and Cabell County," Hammers said.
Hammers' appointment is through the November General election.
The appointment of Hammers came after the filing deadline for the office, so the Democratic Executive Committee will have to submit Hammers to be on the November ballot.