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Miller to head combined emergency agencies in Jefferson Co.

August 04, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two emergency management agencies in Jefferson County were combined Thursday following a recent incident in which an emergency official was charged with fraudulent schemes.

Barbara J. Miller, coordinator of the Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security, was put in charge of a new department that will combine the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management with the homeland security office.

Last month, the director of the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management was charged with fraudulent schemes over an allegation that he received more than $3,600 through fraudulent means.

Darrell Penwell, 52, of 50 Jefferson Ave. in Charles Town, allegedly used a Jefferson County vehicle and gas credit card to travel to meetings and other functions in other parts of the state, according to a complaint filed by Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober.

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Penwell was placed on suspension without pay pending the outcome of the case, but since has resigned, Jefferson County Commissioner Dale Manuel said Thursday.

Miller will be paid $60,000 to lead the new department, the Jefferson County Commission decided Thursday.

Commissioner Greg Corliss said he liked the plan to merge the departments although he was "sorry about the circumstances."

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