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Marple, McGraw officially retire

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Jorea Marple and Darrell McGraw have officially hung up their spurs, as far as the state retirement system is concerned.

The pair will draw more than $180,000 annually in combined pensions, according to state records.

Marple, the recently fired state superintendent of schools, and her husband, McGraw, former state attorney general, both have applied to start receiving retirement benefits for their years of public service.

The Daily Mail obtained the figures from the state Consolidated Public Retirement Board through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Marple will receive $8,921 a month, said Jeff Fleck, executive director of the board, in an email message.

Marple is a longtime educator, and the money comes from the Teachers Retirement Fund. She received her first payment in January, Fleck said.  

McGraw's benefits should start this month, Fleck said. He will receive $6,227 a month. His pension will come from the Public Employees Retirement System, Fleck said.

The state Board of Education fired Marple during a November meeting.

The move wasn't listed on the agenda, and Marple said she thought the move might be politically motivated.

The board met and fired Marple again later in November after some people alleged the board had acted illegally in the way it handled the first firing. The allegations led to a complaint being filed with the state Supreme Court, but the court declined to hear the argument.

In late December attorneys representing Marple notified the board that she planned to file a lawsuit claiming she was fired illegally. The letter, giving the 30 days advanced notice required by law, states Marple's "right to enjoy life free from the unfounded action by the board has been impaired, and she has been severely inconvenienced in her life."

No lawsuit had been filed in Kanawha Circuit Court as of Thursday morning, an office employee said.

Tim Barber is the lead attorney representing Marple. Neither he nor Marple returned phone messages.

Marple's salary was $167,000 a year when she was fired.

After serving five terms as attorney general, McGraw lost the spot to Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey in November. His salary, as mandated in state law, was $95,000 when he left office.

The couple's home at the corner of California and Quarrier streets was recently put up for sale.

Contact writer Dave Boucher at 304-348-4843 or david.boucher@dailymail.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/Dave_Boucher1.


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