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UPDATED: Clay County Sheriff Miles Slack resigns

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Clay County, WV Sheriff Miles Slack has officially turned in his resignation letter, according to members of the Clay County Commission.

The commission will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to appoint a temporary sheriff.

Slack is charged with hacking into his former wife's work computer at the Clay County Magistrate Court.  His first federal court date is scheduled for Tuesday.

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The Clay County, WV sheriff will appear in federal court for the first time on Sept. 17, but before that happens he may be forced to resign.

Sheriff Miles Slack is charged with hacking his former wife's work computer.

"It will be hard to replace him but I'm glad that we have some people that are qualified," said Mike Pierson, president of the Clay County Commission.

Clay County Commissioners are keeping busy, preparing for what they say is the inevitable resignation of Sheriff Slack.  Prosecutors say he secretly installed a keystroke logger on a computer in the Clay County Magistrate Court; a federal offense.

Slack's first court date is on Tuesday, Sept. 17.  The commission says it is anticipating a resignation letter any time.  Although Slack has not resigned, the commission has already received 16 applications for the job.

"We are looking for law enforcement experience. We're looking for someone that could get along with the people, that could pick up and step in," said Pierson.

Many people in Clay told said they love the sheriff and they don't want to see him go.

"He does a good job, he does what he needs to do to be a good sheriff," said Alicia Coulter. 

In the 2012 democratic primaries, Slack won nearly 78 percent of the vote.  In the general election, he ran unopposed.

"He's never given us any reason to not doubt him until this happened," said Christine Tireman. 

Despite the scandal, the community of Clay is rallying behind him.

Slack remains the chief law enforcement officer in the county. Since the allegations surfaced, he has remained out of the office.

Under state law, the commission has 30 days once Slack resigns to fill the vacancy. Commissioners said they will narrow down the list, conduct interviews and then choose the new sheriff.  Slack's replacement will serve until Nov. 2014 when the post is up for re-election.