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Michael W. Parker, a resident of Elkins, has announced his candidacy for Randolph County prosecuting attorney.
A lifelong resident of West Virginia, Parker attended West Virginia University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 2001 and later graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2004.
While a student at WVU, Parker met his wife, Jennifer (Robinson) Parker, a lifelong resident of Randolph County. Following graduation, the couple moved back to Jennifer's hometown of Elkins where they have remained ever since.
Upon moving to Elkins in 2004, Parker began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge John L. Henning Jr. He then spent nearly three years serving Randolph County as its assistant prosecuting attorney, participating in the prosecution of a vast array of criminal offenses, including murder, robbery, burglary, domestic battery and other serious criminal offenses.
In March 2008, Parker entered private practice with McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner L.C., in its Elkins office. While in private practice, Parker devoted a large portion of his practice to criminal law and continued to do so until he was appointed by the Randolph County Commission as the new Randolph County prosecuting attorney. Parker was officially sworn in as the prosecuting attorney on Jan. 3.
"I look forward to working closely with law enforcement to ensure the safety and security of all Randolph County citizens. I will provide the leadership, integrity and dedication necessary to excel in serving the citizens of this county in such a vital position within our county's government," he said in a news release.
"Further, I offer almost five years of experience in criminal prosecution between my prior service as assistant prosecuting attorney for Randolph County and my employment as prosecutor for the city of Elkins in municipal court. It is my firm belief that such experience is crucial to adequately serve as the Randolph County prosecuting attorney."
Parker is a member of the American Bar Association, the West Virginia State Bar, the Randolph County Bar Association and the Tygart Valley Lions Club. During his tenure in the Tygart Valley Lions Club, Parker has been an active member, having served as president of the club in 2010-2011 and currently serving on the club's board of directors.
Parker has participated in numerous conferences and trainings geared specifically toward the prosecution of criminal cases, including a weeklong DUI Trial Advocacy course and, most recently, a conference on the prosecution of drug cases sponsored by the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute in conjunction with the National District Attorneys Association.
He also has argued before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in the context of criminal law and presented at the Randolph County People's Law School this year on the subject of criminal law.
The West Virginia Sheriffs' Association officially endorsed Parker for Randolph County prosecuting attorney in the upcoming 2012 election. The West Virginia Sheriffs' Association was founded in 1948 and is a nonprofit organization comprised of the sheriffs in all 55 counties in West Virginia. Additionally, the WVSA has thousands of honorary members across the state of West Virginia.
"I am very honored that the West Virginia Sheriffs' Association has endorsed me, and I will work to the utmost of my ability to prove that I deserve their trust," Parker said.
Serving as treasurer of the Committee to Elect Michael W. Parker Prosecuting Attorney is Geraldine S. Roberts, an attorney practicing with McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner, L.C.