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To the editor:

When I was assigned by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to serve as a Senior Status Magistrate in Mingo County last October, I had no idea that I would still be here nine months later.

After serving as a Magistrate in Putnam County for 10 years, I have been a Senior Status Magistrate for the last two.

I enjoy working the Senior Status circuit, as I have the opportunity to work with many people and see many different Courthouses in the State.

I have never felt more welcomed, nor more appreciated than I have in Mingo County. Not only have the employees in the Courthouse been friendly and helpful, but the citizens that I have encountered have been just as nice and pleasant.

I have worked with many people at various Courthouses in the State over the years, and I can tell you that Mingo County ranks at the top; professional, helpful, and willing to go above and beyond the call when needed.

I would like to specifically thank several individuals that have made my time spent in Mingo County so enjoyable. All of these people are true professionals and take their commitment to serving the citizens of Mingo County to heart.

Fire and foremost, under the leadership of Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and Magistrate Pam Newsome, the Magistrate staff, Debbie, Candace, Willa, and our Bailiff Brian Haney, are all dedicated and exceptional employees! My Assistant Renee Moore, not only had to work with me, but she also had to carry some of her duties with the Magistrate Clerk, Terry Saunders. What an asset she is!

Of course, I also had to work with various other officers in the Courthouse.

Sheriff James Smith is a class act and his Officers truly do “Protect and serve.” His Support Staff were always available to answer any questions or concerns that I had.

The Troopers and Staff of the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, under the guidance of Sgt. Lively, are hard working men and women, and were a pleasure to work with as well.

The Attorneys and Staff of the Prosecutor’s Office work long, hard hours for the victims of crime, and do their utmost for convictions. On the other hand, the Public Defender’s Office works just as hard to provide outstanding defense work for their clients.

The Victim’s Advocates also work tirelessly and truly do their best to assist those victims of domestic violence.

Although I had limited contact with the other County Officers in the Courthouse, when I did, these employees were eager to help.

I would like to congratulate Judge Miki Thompson in her new position as Circuit Court Judge. She is so well versed in the law, and so knowledgeable, that she will be an exceptional Judge in serving the citizens of Mingo County.

Even though we have not worked together much, I know newly elected Magistrate Jim Harvey is anxious to begin his new endeavor.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not thank my hosts at the Historic Mountaineer Hotel, Mark and Edna, for providing me with such warm accommodations. It truly became a home away from home.

My assignment has come to an end. Mingo County will always hold a special place in my heart. I plan to visit from time to time and check in on my co-workers and friends. Thank you Mingo County for everything!

Kim Blair

Senior Status Magistrate

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