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Jefferson County Commissioners won't help planner renew visa

September 03, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commissioners on Thursday declined to furnish a letter to the county's chief planner as part of his visa renewal. The move will keep him from continuing to work at the job, two county commissioners said.

Roger Hunter, who is from Canada, was hired for the chief planning position about a year ago.

Hunter needed to have a new visa to continue working in the county, Jefferson County Commissioner Jane Tabb said.

As part of the visa renewal process, Hunter needed the commissioners to write a letter saying he worked here, Tabb said.

The commissioners declined to write the letter, Tabb said.

Tabb declined to go into detail about why the commissioners would not furnish the letter.

Attempts to reach Hunter were unsuccessful.

Without the letter, Hunter will not be able to continue working for the county, said Commissioner James G. Knode.

The chief planning position involves guiding housing developments through the approval process.

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Hunter, who has 30 years of experience in rural, urban and regional planning, came with high recommendations, County Commissioner Rusty Morgan said last year.

Hunter replaced Stephen R. Bockmiller, who left the job to become zoning administrator and development review planner for the City of Hagerstown.

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