(12/14/2002)
The Clay County Commission has named Dan Griendo as a replacement for Prosecutor Jeff Davis, who has resigned to return to private practice.

Davis told the Clay Communicator he was leaving to attend to his personal finances.

The Charleston Daily Mail reported "Sources familiar with the ongoing investigation into the operations and lending practices of the Bank of Clay, which has come under federal regulatory scrutiny after it was discovered that former bank president and state school board member J.D. Morris had been embezzling, say that Davis has substantial debts with the struggling bank."

Bill Charnock, director of the West Virginia Prosecutors Institute said Griendo, a 2002 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, had been serving as law clerk for Webster Circuit Judge Jack Alsop.

Davis recently had his law license suspended for non-payment of dues, but they have now been restored.

Davis was initially elected Clay prosecutor without a law license in 1992, when he failed the bar exam. The county extended the term of acting prosecutor Wayne King until Davis could pass the exam.


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