Cabell County Commission selects Family Court Judge Jason Spears as new county prosecutor

By Matthew Young, RealWV

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Cabell County Commission, during a special meeting on Tuesday, approved a resolution to appoint Family Court Judge Jason Spears to serve the duration of now Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Sean K. Hammers’ term as county prosecutor. Hammers was appointed to the bench by Gov. Jim Justice in December.

“It’s no secret that our prosecutor was appointed to be the new judge for Cabell County,” Commissioner Kelli Sobonya said. “State code gives the authority and the direction to the County Commission to approve a replacement until the next election.”

While much of the deliberation occurred in special session due to the private nature of personnel matters, the commission voted unanimously to adopt the resolution hiring Spears. 

“We’d like to thank all of the applicants for submitting their applications for this important position,” Sobonya added. “It’s one that we don’t take lightly, and it’s very important to the citizens of Cabell County.” 

Commissioner John Mandt echoed Sobonya’s comments, saying, “It’s a unique experience, and something that all three of us (Sobonya, Mandt, and Commissioner Liza Caldwell) are very proud to have been able to do. Not everybody gets to choose a county prosecutor. We had some absolutely fabulous candidates with exceptional skill sets and experience.”

The resolution, as read by Mandt, states in part: “Whereas, West Virginia annotated code mandates that the governing authority of the Cabell County Commission appoint a person to fill the vacant seat who meets the qualification of the office, and, whereas, the said appointee shall assume the duties of the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, and shall serve until the General Election to be held Nov. 5, 2024, to fill the vacated office.”

“Therefore,” Mandt continued, “Be it resolved by the Commission of Cabell County, that Jason Spears is hereby appointed to fill the vacancy of prosecuting attorney in Cabell County, W.Va.”

Upon his appointment, Spears stated, “It’s an honor for the commission to place their trust in me.”

“I’ve been honored to represent the citizens for seven years as their Family Court judge, and I look forward to continuing that service in the Prosecutor’s Office.” Spears added. 

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