Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney

Suite 350 Courthouse

750 Fifth Avenue

Huntington, West Virginia 25701

(304) 526-8653



J.D. Degree, May 1980


Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, With Honors, June 1977


April 1990 – Present

Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney

Supervise a staff of approximately twenty people, including twelve attorneys, secretaries, victim advocates and an investigator, as well as maintaining a full case load. Presently handle most murder cases, all arson cases and other violent criminal cases.

December 1982 -April 1990

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Cabell County

Handled almost all cases in Magistrate Court, both misdemeanors and felonies, for many years and also handled a full time Circuit Court felony case load which included many jury trials. Was considered to be the Chief Assistant before becoming the Prosecuting Attorney.

May 1980 –  April 1990

Private Law Practice

Handled all types of a Civil Law Practice, including real estate, contracts, domestic relations, personal injury, municipal and corporate law


 International Moot Court Team, West Virginia University College of Law (1978)

Moot Court Board, West Virginia University College of Law (1979)

Excellence in Criminal Justice Award, West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Association (1999)

President’s Award, West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys       Association (2009)



Chairman of the Board, National District Attorneys

Association (NDAA) 2010-2011

President (2009-2010), Past Vice-President (2001-2008) and Board Member of NDAA (1996-present)

Co-Chair of National Committee (2000-2002)

Co-Chair of Juvenile Justice and Family Law

Committee (2002-2005)

Co-Chair of Ethics and Services Committee (2005-2008)

Vice Chair, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section

Member, ABA Criminal Justice Section Council

Co-Executive Director, Professional Development Division

of ABA Criminal Justice Section

Co-Chair, Ethics, Gideon and Professionalism Committee

Member, American Bar Association Commission on Effective

Criminal Sanctions

Member, National DWI Committee of the National Association

Of Drug Court Professionals

Member, Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency & Corrections

Member and former Vice-Chair, Community Corrections Subcommittee

Member, Governor’s Commission on Drunk Driving Prevention        Member, Governor’s Child Fatality Review Team

Member, Governor’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team

Board Member and Past Chairman, West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute

Chairman, Western Regional Day Report Center Board of Directors

Former Board Member and Past Chairman, West Virginia Drug and Violent Crime Control Policy Board

Board Member and Past President, West Virginia Association of Counties

Past President, West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Association

Board Member, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


Adjunct Professor, Marshall University, Forensic Science Dept.

Adjunct Professor, Marshall University, Dept. of Criminal  Justice

Frequent Faculty, National District Attorneys Association National   Advocacy Center – Trial Advocacy Courses

Frequent Faculty, NHTSA & National Traffic Law Center Faculty        Development Courses

Frequent Faculty, NHTSA & National Traffic Law Center Trial

Advocacy Courses

Faculty, APRI Protecting Lives, Saving Futures Courses

Faculty, NDAA National Courses

Frequent Lecturer, West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute

Frequent Lecturer for Law Enforcement Agencies in West Virginia

Frequent Lecturer, West Virginia State Police Academy –

Basic Cadet Course


Past Board Member, Developmental Therapy Center

Past Board Member, Cabell County Child Abuse Prevention Team

Member, Board of Directors, City of Huntington Foundation

Active in Little League baseball as coach and umpire for 20 years

Active in youth Soccer as coach and referee for over 25 years

Active in Boy Scouts for over 10 years

Member, B.P.O. Elks Lodge 313

Member, Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 16

Member, First United Methodist Church, Huntington, WV


Married, three sons ages 31, 28 and 22