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Smith Plans To Retire

By Staff | Dec 28, 2016

Tyler County Commissioner Charles Smith

MIDDLEBOURNE — Tyler County Commissioner Charles “Pork” Smith said he will announce his retirement at a commission meeting in January.

Smith said Tuesday that though he still resides in Tyler County, he has purchased a home in Huntington where he intends to retire so as to spend more time with his family who lives there.

“I want to spend time with my children and three grandchildren — that’s probably the most important thing,” said Smith, who recently turned 70 years old.

Smith said because paperwork from the state involving his retirement is still being processed, he doesn’t have an exact date when his last day will be.

During Smith’s tenure as a teacher for 36 years in Tyler County, he taught West Virginia history as well as coached football and basketball at Ellsworth Middle School. He was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2012 as a commissioner.

“I will make an announcement in January, but until the paperwork is processed, I’m not sure when my exact last day will be,” he said.

Smith said he is in the process of moving and receives medical care at Cabell Midland Hospital in Huntington.

After Smith leaves office, the commission would then select and choose his replacement to serve out the remainder of his term when ends in January 2019.

Smith’s residency was brought to the attention of the Tyler County prosecutor’s office, which is responsible for inquiry into such matters.

Prosecutor Luke Furbee said he is unable to comment because the matter is under investigation, which is protocol with any investigation.

Smith said he is aware of the questions surrounding his residency, but he asserts that he gets his mail and lives in Tyler County.

Smith said he is proud of the things he has helped to accomplish during his tenure in office. He cited the ongoing restoration and renovations underway at the historic Tyler County Courthouse. Smith said he is pleased that the county is in good fiscal health.

Commission President Eric Vincent had high praise for Smith’s service.

“He’s served our county well and has been a good commissioner,” he said.