BREAKING NEWS: Chief Magistrate resigns from office; effective immediately

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

October 9, 2013

WILLIAMSON — After serving the residents of Mingo County as one of three magistrates for the past one and a half years, Dallas Toler has made the decision to resign from his position in the midst of a federal investigation that has cast a cloud of doubt and confusion over many political offices.

A resignation was tendered to the WV Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon that reads as follows: “I, Dallas Toler, do hereby resign my position as Magistrate for Mingo County.”

In an exclusive interview with the Williamson Daily News, Toler stated he felt it was in the best interest of himself, his family and the citizens of the county that he proudly calls home, to resign from his position.

“The safety and well-being of my family is the most important thing to me,” he stated. “My position as magistrate takes a second seat to them and I feel the time has come to resign and concentrate on my family and remove this stress from their lives.”

Toler was appointed to serve the remainder of the term of former Magistrate Eugene Crum, who resigned from the position to seek the office of Sheriff. Toler then became a candidate for that seat in 2012 and was sworn in on the first of this year, placing second in the vote count for the office of magistrate.

The question remains unanswered as of today whether Toler will be indicted by the federal grand jury during the investigation into Team Mingo, but according to information from the investigators in Charleston, that is expected to occur.

“I have enjoyed my time as magistrate,” said Toler. “I have served the public to the best of my ability and have always prided myself in treating each and every defendant who appeared before me in a fair and just manner. No matter what the situation was or what crime was committed, they deserved no less than that.

“I want the public to know how very much I appreciate them voting for me and supporting me when I sought this office. I will always remain humbled by the faith you had in me to serve you.

“I hope that throughout this investigation and whatever the outcome may be, that you will remember a job well done by myself and my assistant.”

More information on Toler will be released to the public by the Williamson Daily News as it becomes available.