Berkeley County briefs

September 22, 2007|By Matthew Umstead

Deputies receive promotions, back pay

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The promotions of nine Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies, delayed since June by one deputy's appeal of the agency's civil service process they completed, were officially recognized by the Berkeley County Commission on Thursday.

The deputies who successfully completed competitive civil service testing and a medical physical were W.A. Johnson (lieutenant), R.L. Gardner (lieutenant), D.S. McGown (lieutenant), W. Henderson (sergeant), B.F. Hall (sergeant), S. Vigh (sergeant), J. Jones (corporal), T.E. Boyles (corporal) and M. Rephann (corporal). Their promotions were made effective Monday, according to Sheriff W. Randy Smith.

Vacancies among the department's ranking positions allowed for the promotions and no increase in staff was made, Smith said.

In addition to a pay increase that comes with the change of rank, the County Commission voted to give the deputies back pay to June 13 to correlate with when the civil service documentation was filed.


Smith said the promotions were not put into effect in June because of the deputy's appeal, which he described as a personnel matter and declined to identify the officer.

"The issue was resolved," Smith said.

ATV enforcement petitions accepted

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission on Thursday added four more subdivisions to a growing list of residential communities that have asked that the county's all terrain vehicle restrictions be applied to the developments' roads, streets and avenues.

Mills Farm, Morningside Estates, Bunker Hill Townhouses and Apple Knolls Estates increased the number of subdivisions that have properly petitioned the county commission to 17, County Administrator Deborah Hammond told commissioners Thursday.

The leader of the four communities told county leaders in a memo faxed last week that ATV issues were of particular concern in Mills Farm subdivision.

The Commission vote empowers law enforcement with jurisdictional authority to enforce the county ordinance, which generally prohibits ATVs from being operated on roads, streets and avenues. Exceptions include farm use, timbering, surveying and public utility access.

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