Two leaders vow to win trust in scandal-weary Mingo

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Teresa Maynard and Mike Carter know what the scandal-weary residents of Mingo County must be thinking: Only people who are connected to the problems could get appointed to powerful positions in a government now best known for corruption.

They’re determined to prove the cynics wrong.

Maynard was sworn in this week as county prosecutor to replace her disgraced former boss, Michael Sparks. She vows to change how things have been done but says she knows it will take a lot to earn trust.

The County Commission also replaced one of its own this week, appointing school board member Carter to fill the seat of Dave Baisden.

Both Sparks and Baisden resigned last month after they were charged in separate cases that grew out of a continuing federal corruption investigation.

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