New magistrate appointed to fill Yeager’s vacancy

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 7, 2017

CHARLESTON – A new magistrate has been appointed to fill the seat left vacant by Julie Yeager’s resignation last month.

Kanawha Chief Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey filed an order last week that said she was appointing Angela Perdue to Yeager’s seat. Perdue will begin Aug. 15. She will serve through 2018.

Yeager resigned last month after a complaint was filed alleging she embezzled from the West Virginia Magistrate Association. The Kanawha County prosecutor’s office will investigate the allegations.

State Supreme Court Administrator Gary Johnson filed a complaint accusing Yeager of stealing at least $14,000 from the WVMA, for which she served as treasurer. Yeager resigned the next day.

Yeager has not been criminally charged.

Yeager had been a Kanawha magistrate since 2004 and had not been the subject of judicial discipline before now, according to a report from the Judicial Disciplinary Counsel.

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