KEYSER - The Mineral County Commission voted unanimously Friday morning to dissolve the contract they had signed with Putnam County attorney Stephen Sluss.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Mineral County Commission voted unanimously Friday morning to dissolve the contract they had signed with  Putnam County attorney Stephen Sluss.
Sluss, who lives in Scott Depot, West Virginia, has been federally charged with the receipt of child pornography and is currently jailed in Kentucky.
In July, the commissioners had agreed to enter into a contract with Sluss, who had also worked with the Putnam County Assessor’s office, to have him assist them in collecting delinquent taxes in Mineral County.
Upon hearing about Sluss’ present situation, however, the commission called a special meeting for Friday morning to “re-examine” that agreement.
“In light of the investigation, allegations and apparent admission of illegal pornographic activity by attorney Stephen Sluss, I recommend approval of a motion to dissolve the current contract with him concerning the collection of delinquent taxes and to cease any current or future legal consultation with him,” commission president Richard Lechliter said in a prepared statement.
Roger Leatherman made that motion, and Jerry Whisner seconded it.
The motion passed unanimously.
“We will not seek any consultation from him from this moment forward,” Lechliter said.
After the meeting, Lechliter told the News Tribune Sluss had not yet begun any action toward collecting taxes on the county’s behalf.
A Fort Ashby native and Frankfort High School graduate, Sluss served  in the West Virginia House of Delegates and then as a Mineral County commissioner in the 1980s.
He worked for many years in several positions in Putnam County.
According to reports, he came under investigation for receiving child pornography when a chat site reported possible illegal activity to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Allegedly using the screen name “mckicker40,” Sluss is believed to have downloaded pornographic images of underage girls to his home computer.
Sluss allegedly admitted to the act when a search warrant revealed images on his computer.