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Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney

Dwayne C. Vandevender


Phone: 304-765-3880

Fax: 304-765-3883

Term: 4 years


Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney

307 Main Street

(Located on 2nd floor of the Braxton County Courthouse Annex)

PO Box 118

Sutton, WV 26601

Dara Acord

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Mary Beth Smith

Office Manager

Rachel Browning

Administrative Assistant

Amanda Vidal

Administrative Assistant

Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney

Dwayne C. Vandevender

Every four years, all fifty-five counties elect a prosecuting attorney. In Class I and II counties, the position is full-time with outside employment prohibited. Before the primary election, county commissions in Class III, IV, and V counties require that the position be full-time beginning with the next term but they must then pay the salary of a Class II county. The current salary range is $46,200 to $96,600. The prosecuting attorney is the chief legal officer of the county. They have areas of responsibility in both criminal and civil cases. In criminal cases, the prosecuting attorney assists in the investigation of all crimes and other law violations in the county. In civil cases, the prosecuting attorney acts as legal advisor to the County Commission and other county officials. They may also be called upon to assist the state Attorney General in state legal actions within the county. The prosecuting attorney’s office must be kept open during elections and be available to advise election officials or answer questions from the public.

Other duties and responsibilities include:

  • The prosecution of all crimes, both misdemeanors and felonies, within the county

  • Request warrants to be issued for persons charged with felonies

  • Try cases before magistrate and circuit judges

  • Present information to the Grand Jury for indictment of persons in connection with criminal activity

  • Represent the Department of Health & Human Resources in child abuse and neglect cases

  • Represent the State in juvenile delinquency cases

  • Appoint and supervise assistant prosecuting attorneys

  • Represent all elected county officials and county agencies

  • Prepare contracts and other documents for the county

  • File civil suits for county agencies and defend county agencies against civil actions

  • Serve as special prosecutors as appointed by the Prosecuting Attorneys Institute

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