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Pace running for Jefferson Co. Commission

He compares office to being CEO of a company

He compares office to being CEO of a company

February 14, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Steven E. Pace, a Democratic candidate for the Harpers Ferry, W.Va., seat on the Jefferson County Commission, said Jefferson County's five commissioners essentially act like chief executive officers of a company.

Pace, who runs an employee benefits company in Charles Town, said it is time to change how county government is managed.

With the county government employing about 180 people, it is vital that a human resources department be established for the workers, Pace said.

The county commission has an administrator - Leslie Smith - but she is "wearing more hats than a baseball team," he said.

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That is not fair to Smith, and the time has come for the county to hire a chief financial officer to handle the county's financial issues, Pace said.

Pace is slated to run against Democrats Greg Lance, Ed Burns and Lyn Widmyer in the Democratic primary election on May 13.

Commission terms are six years and the salary is $30,800.

In an e-mailed statement about his campaign, Pace said he stands for transparent government, fiscal responsibility, diversified jobs and smart/moderate growth.

Pace, 34, of 490 Oregon Trail in Harpers Ferry, said he is neither pro- nor anti-growth.

Pace said that too often, special-interest groups in the county try to "scare (people) to their side."

He said he wants to do what is best for the county as a whole.

"I want local government to be what it should be; government that does the right thing at the right time, every time," Pace said in his statement.

Pace and his wife, Christine, have three sons.

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