Thursday, April 14, 2016

West Virginia Auditor Glen Gainer resigning for new job

(AP) — Longtime state Auditor Glen Gainer says he's stepping down next month to take a job for a Virginia-based nonprofit group.

Media outlets report the 56-year-old Democrat announced Thursday he will leave office on May 14. His sixth term was scheduled to end next January.

Gainer didn't identify the nonprofit group, indicating he'll let the employer announce his hiring. Gainer says he'll spend more of his time working in Fairmont.

The 56-year-old Gainer had announced in December that he wouldn't seek re-election this year but planned to serve out the rest of his term. He first won the four-year auditor job in 1992. His father served as state auditor from 1976 to 1992.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin must appoint an interim auditor to serve the rest of the year.