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Leaders of new W.Va. regional criminal justice board appointed

September 12, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Michael D. Thompson was tapped Thursday to lead a newly formed regional board that is tasked with establishing a day reporting center and other alternatives to traditional prison sentences in an effort reduce city and county jail bills.

Thompson, who will leave his elected office at the end of the year, agreed to be president of the Community Criminal Justice Board after no one expressed an interest in the position in the panel's organizational meeting.

"I'll second that," Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely said smiling after Thompson was nominated.

Deborah A. Lawson, the chief defense attorney of the 23rd Judicial Circuit's public defender corporation agreed to serve as vice-president.

Thompson tapped Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober to be the board's secretary also when no one was nominated and then named Berkeley County Sheriff W. Randy Smith treasurer. Smith was absent.

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In other business, the board voted to have the Berkeley County Commission serve as the "fiscal agent" of the board and appointed a committee to develop bylaws.

The next board meeting was scheduled for 1 p.m. on Oct. 1.

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