MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County's yet-to-be-hired litter control officer will be a civilian and not a deputy with the sheriff's department, county commissioners informally decided after meeting with Sheriff W. Randy Smith.
Commissioner William "Bill" Stubblefield said hiring a civilian would allow the county to save money in salary and allow the individual to get "dirty" with volunteer litter control groups, but still be a partner with the sheriff's department on enforcement matters.
The new position is expected to be funded with money generated by the county engineering department and the officer possibly on board after the fiscal year begins on July 1, commissioners said previously.
A Beautification Enhancement Board, including the sheriff as ex-officio, is expected to be appointed to support the officer's efforts to clean up illegal dumps and other trash eyesores in the county. The officer will have the authority to issue citations.