WOODSTOCK — The misdemeanor destruction of property charge against Shenandoah County Supervisor Brad Pollack has been continued to March 25 until a special prosecutor can be assigned.

The case has been continued a couple of times, first because of scheduling conflicts and then again to assign a special prosecutor.

Shenandoah County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Abigail Groski told Judge Amy Tisinger on Friday that Shenandoah County Commonwealth's Attorney Amanda Wisely had heard that a prosecutor from Page County was unavailable to be the special prosecutor.

The special prosecutor is needed because Wisely's staff is familiar with Pollack since he is a Woodstock-based defense attorney who practices in Shenandoah County.

But Wisely hasn't submitted a formal request to a Shenandoah County Circuit Court judge that a special prosecutor be appointed, Groski said.

Tisinger said that although Wisely can provide input on the special prosecutor, the selection is made by a Circuit Court judge. Once an order for a special prosecutor is made, then Tisinger will decide if she needs to recuse herself, which she has said she doesn't need to do.

The next court date is the final deadline for a special prosecutor to be assigned, Tisinger said.

Pollack was not present for the hearing Friday. He is representing himself in the matter but has said he may hire an attorney depending on how the case progresses.

The charges stem from Pollack allegedly removing real estate signs from the area of Jennifer Court and Main Street in Edinburg, according to Denise Vollmer, spokesperson for the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office. Pollack then put the signs in a nearby ditch, a criminal complaint states.

According to court documents, the incidents occurred on Sept. 13 and 14.

By phone interview after he received the charges in the fall, Pollack said he took the signs and had reached out to Holler Realty to say that the signs were illegally placed.

Pollack said real estate signs must be placed on the property that they are in reference to. The intersection where they were placed is in Phase I of the Edinburg Square development and the signs advertise a Phase II of the development.

Contact Charles Paullin at cpaullin@nvdaily.com

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