(05/28/2010)
A newly appointed Ritchie county school superintendent Greg Cummings had a short stay, resigning after he received threatening letters.

Cummings expressed fear for his family as he tendered his resignation.

Former Gilmer County superintendent Ed Toman has now been appointed to the position.

Ritchie County Prosecutor Judith McCullough was given several anonymous letters delivered to members of the Ritchie County Board of Education and superintendent Cummings.

The Pennsboro News says Cummings received threatening letters from an anonymous source, which included pictures of his former home in Garrett County, Maryland.

McCullough, speaking about the letters, said the threat appeared to indicate extortion, that things would be revealed about Cummings.

The prosecutor's office is looking at securing forensic evidence from the letters.

McCullough said she was not sure if the letters came from within Ritchie County. She said said the letters were "long and detailed."

McCullough said when the letters' author is found, they face multiple charges.

According to the Pennsboro News, Cummings is a former pastor with a doctorate in divinity, a master's in business and a nearly completed doctorate in education.

McCullough said, "It is a bad way to do business," she said. "I certainly don't want the writer of these letters reflected on me."


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