CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former Kanawha County assistant prosecutor who was fired earlier this month has landed on her feet at the state Capitol.
Maryclaire Akers was hired as the attorney for the state Ethics Commission.
Akers joins Joan Parker, who was unanimously selected by the commission Thursday to become the executive director.
Parker, who follows longtime director Theresa Kirk, had been general counsel for the commission. Akers will fill the general counsel position.
Parker will be paid $85,000 in the new role, and Akers will make $81,000. Kirk's last day is March 8, and Parker will take over on March 11.
Akers begins her new job March 18.
Akers most recently served as an assistant prosecutor in Kanawha County and took the lead on some high-profile cases.
Many in the law enforcement community reacted with shock and skepticism after Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants fired her earlier this month.
Akers said she is looking forward to working for the commission.
"I'm not really a stranger to high-profile positions," she said. "I'm super excited about getting back to serving the public. It's something new, and I think it's going to be a really great opportunity."
Akers said she would focus her efforts on educating the public about the ethics commission and the state's ethics regulations.
"I think people generally want to follow the rules. The best way to stay out of trouble is to talk to us first and see what our opinion is," she said. "We would like to help people before they have to deal with us in a different way."