Mercer County Commission looks to appoint Cochran for open prosecuting attorney seat

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PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler submitted his resignation to the County Commission. Commissioner Bill Archer confirmed they received the letter on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Sitler issued a statement on his decision.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve Mercer County. It is time for me to move on to a new career opportunity,” he said.

Sitler was defeated by Brian Cochran on the Republican ticket during the primary election. There is no candidate on the Democratic ticket for the upcoming general election.

Sitler’s resignation will be effective on Oct. 30. Commissioner Bill Archer told 59News they are looking to appoint Cochran to the seat.

“In this case, he can take office essentially because there is no opposition in the general election. But at the same time, we can not pay two people for the same position at the same time,” Archer said.

Archer said Cochran would not be able to start until after Oct. 30, 2020.

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