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Jefferson Co. Commission talks about how to conduct business

April 13, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - There was a discussion at Thursday's Jefferson County Commissioners meeting about how to have a certain level of "civility" in how the commissioners conduct business.

The comments followed last week's commission meeting, when the director of maintenance for Jefferson County government told the commission that one of the commissioners acted in a threatening manner toward him.

Bill Polk would not identify the commissioner, but the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department released a report saying Polk told police that Jim Surkamp became "verbally aggressive" in a parking lot behind the sheriff's department on Washington Street.

Polk told the commission he was in fear of his well-being during the incident, and said he believes it is the responsibility of the commissioners to help create a safe and friendly environment for county employees.

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Polk said the incident occurred during a discussion about pay raises and other issues.

Commissioner Rusty Morgan said he thinks the commissioners should have a general understanding of how they can be "more respectful" of people.

Commissioner Dale Manuel downplayed the idea.

"I know how to conduct myself," Manuel said.

Surkamp would not comment in detail after last week's meeting, except to say that Polk's comments bordered on slander.

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