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New legal director becomes Berkeley Co.'s highest-paid employee

July 27, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County's first legal services director has bumped county Administrator Deborah Hammond from the perch of being the highest paid county employee.

Norwood Bentley III said Thursday he would be paid $108,000 per year, which is more than $20,000 higher than Hammond's salary of $85,490, according to the approved 2007-08 fiscal year compensation and benefit analysis for the county's more than 240 employees.

Hammond's pay is slightly more than county Engineer William J. "Bucky" Teach, who makes $82,915, and Senior Assistant Prosecutor Christopher C. Quasebarth, who makes $82,375.

Rounding out the top 10 highest paid employees are assistant prosecutors Gregory V. Smith and Gregory K. Jones, who each are paid $70,000; Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis, who makes $66,019; Assistant Prosecutor Richard Stephens, who receives $62,972; and Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Stephen S. Allen and Central Dispatch/911 Director Mary Kackley, who each receive $60,738.

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Employees receiving between $50,000 and $60,000 include five assistant prosecutors, six ranking county sheriff's department deputies and three county engineers supervised by Teach.

Overall, slightly more than half of the county's 246 full-time employees (128) were being paid less than $30,000 per year as of July 1, the beginning of the fiscal year.

The county budgeted more than $7.9 million for compensation, and expected employees' total pay and benefits to eclipse $10 million for the 2007-08 fiscal year. The salaries do not include pay for elected officials, which is set by the state Legislature.

The county commission projects that Bentley's hiring will result in a cost savings of at least $25,000 in legal expenses.

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