CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A county prosecutor in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle has been selected to become the top federal prosecutor in the northern half of the state.

President Trump nominated Bill Powell to be U.S. attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says she recommended Powell.

He is currently an assistant prosecutor in Jefferson County and worked in private practice in Martinsburg after a stint as an assistant federal prosecutor.

He lost a race for a state judgeship last year.

If confirmed, Powell would take over from Acting U.S. Attorney Betsy Jividen.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, who was appointed six years earlier by President Barack Obama, resigned at the end of last year to return to private practice.

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