Longtime West Virginia House of Delegates member resigns

Courtesy: WSAZ

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Longtime Kanahwa County Delegate Ron Walters, a Republican, resigned from office effective Wednesday morning.

According to Kanahwa County Prosecutor Chuck Miller, Walters and his attorney signed signed an agreement with the prosecutor's office Wednesday "whereby he agreed to resign from the legislature and not again seek public office."

At the center of the deal with the Prosecutor's office is a lien filed by Walters against a woman's property in Wayne County. The lien was prepared in Charleston. According to Miller the property owner denied being in Charleston or signing the paperwork.

As a part of the agreement Walters agreed to withdraw the lien. In exchange Miller said his office agreed not to purse criminal charges against Walters.

A spokesperson for the West Virginia House of Delegates told WSAZ Wednesday evening that he can "can confirm the House Clerk has received Delegate Walters' notice of resignation effective at midnight."

In a text message exchange with MetroNews Walters said his resignation was, "for personal reasons only."

In a letter to House Speaker Tim Armstead Walters writes:

"I am hereby resigning as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates effective midnight, March 7, 2018. It has been my honor to have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of Kanawha County. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter."