CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Maryclaire Akers, fired assistant Kanawha County prosecutor and current general counsel for the West Virginia Ethics Commission, has accepted an offer to work for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
Akers starts Aug. 12 as an assistant Attorney General with the Consumer Protection Division, according to a statement from Morrisey's office.
"We are pleased to have someone of Ms. Akers' caliber joining our team," Morrisey said in a news release.
"She is a well-respected attorney in the Kanawha Valley, and she will bring years of prosecutorial experience to the division and the office's working group tasked with looking at the drug abuse epidemic plaguing our state."
Akers worked in the Kanawha County prosecutor's office from 1999 until Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants fired her in February. The move surprised many in the law enforcement community; Plants declined to say why she was fired.
In February, Akers said Plants had told her she was an "A-plus prosecutor" and she could expect a raise if she stayed with the office. She told the Daily Mail at the time she turned down a job offer and was fired two weeks later.
She served as chief of staff for a time, but also worked as a special assistant U.S. Attorney.
"I am excited by the opportunity to use my prosecutorial experience to assist in the Attorney General's prescription drug fight, as well as to aid consumers that have been wronged by scams and other unscrupulous individuals and businesses," Akers said in the news release.
Morrisey plans to utilize that experience in two different ways. In addition to her consumer protection duties, she'll also help an "existing working group" within the office that is looking into prescription pill abuse problems throughout the state.
Thursday afternoon Akers said she enjoyed her time at the commission. She said she took the job with the Attorney General because her job as a prosecutor gave her a first-hand look at the problems caused by drug abuse.