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Interim sheriff named in Clay County, WV; previous sheriff to appear in court

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Reva Schoonover was named interim sheriff of Clay County, after Sheriff Miles Slack resigned. Reva Schoonover was named interim sheriff of Clay County, after Sheriff Miles Slack resigned.

The Clay County Commission chose an interim sheriff Monday after the county's last sheriff stepped down amid controversy.

Reva Schoonover was named interim sheriff until the commission chooses someone for the full time position.  Schoonover said, "A couple of the County Commissioners asked me if I would fill in the gap after all of this happened."

Schoonover is referring to a federal wiretapping charge the previous sheriff, Miles Slack, was charged with last month.  Court documents allege that Slack used a keystroke logger to spy on his wife, who happened to work in magistrate court in Clay County.  The documents say the device was plugged into his ex's computer for two weeks.  Slack resigned after nearly eight months in office.  

Schoonover said despite the problems, the plan is to keep moving forward, to keep the county on the same track that it was on prior to the indictment being handed down.  She said.  "We just have to do what we have to do to carry on until a permanent person is put in place."

Schoonover said she isn't interested in the full time job as sheriff.  She holds the chief tax deputy position in the town, and said when it comes to finding the permanent replacement, there are many qualified names in the hat.  When it comes to controversy, she said the community has come together.  "They try to stick together, and help each other out and pull through," Schoonover said.  

Officials in the county say 16 people have applied for the permanent position.  If convicted, Miles Slack could face up to five years in prison.  The Clay County Commission is meeting next Wednesday.  That's when Schoonover says the permanent position should be filled.    

Slack's first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m.  Be sure you stay with us for the latest details.