By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - Teresa Maynard, who was appointed to fill the seat left vacant after the resignation of former Prosecutor C. Michael Sparks, is the first female prosecuting attorney of Mingo County and is currently seeking election to that same position.
Maynard, a lifelong resident of Mingo County, graduated from Tug Valley High School in 1988. She attended West Virginia University, where she double-majored in political science and sociology. After graduating summa cum laude in 1992, the interim prosecutor entered the West Virginia University College of Law and earned her law degree in 1995.
After a decade of private practice, Maynard accepted a position as an assistant prosecuting attorney. She was elevated to the position of prosecuting attorney last October and has served the citizens of Mingo County faithfully since her appointment.
During her time in the prosecutor’s office, Maynard said she feels she has demonstrated a passion for the prosecution of crimes against children. In addition to a general increase in the prosecution of crimes involving child victims, she was instrumental in the restructuring of the Mingo County Investigative Multidisciplinary Team, an active group of professionals dedicated to the eradication of child abuse and neglect, she said.
Maynard said she recognizes that most incidents of child abuse and neglect occur as a result of substance abuse. Therefore, she said, she is working with law enforcement to combat the drug epidemic in our county. She said she is not a politician and may not be well known to many members of the local community. She said she has been working diligently for almost a decade, seeking justice for those who would otherwise have no voice.
Maynard lives in Naugatuck with her husband, Joe, and son, Evan, who is a student at Lenore K-8. The candidate is the daughter of Gary and Sue Hall of Lenore, and the daughter-in-law of Argil and Gail Maynard of Dan’s Branch.
“I grew up watching my parents devote many hours to community improvement. When I was small, I would often ask why,’” said Maynard. “The answer was always the same … every generation has an obligation to make the world a better place for the next. Now that I’m older, I see other individuals picking up where my parents left off … building on the progress made by my parents and other members of their generation.
“It’s all about building blocks,” she said.
“In the last few months, the blocks that formed our judicial system have collapsed, and it will take dedicated and passionate individuals to dig the foundation on which we will rebuild that system,” she said. “I have that passion. I have that dedication. Rebuilding will not be easy, but I am confident that I am up to that challenge.”