Berkeley County will hire assistant prosecutor
By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Noting "growth is just eating us alive," Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely last week persuaded the Berkeley County Commission to give her a sixth full-time assistant prosecutor.
Last year, about 6,800 cases went through Berkeley County Magistrate Court, and those cases had to be handled by two assistant prosecutors, she said.
That's an impossible workload, Games-Neely said.
"I can't maintain that with what I've got," she said. She told the commissioners she would start losing people from burnout if she didn't get help.
"It's extraordinary," said County Commission Attorney Norwood Bentley III. "That's a workload that no lawyer would have."
Games-Neely told the commissioners another magistrate is likely to be added by the West Virginia Legislature to keep up with population growth, which was about 24 percent in the county in the past decade. The office always faces a heavy and growing trial workload, she said.