Jefferson County Commission continues to wrestle with financial issues

April 24, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The Jefferson County Commission might have moved beyond its difficult recent budget process, but spending discussion continued Thursday at its weekly meeting.

The commission struggled recently to pass a budget for the upcoming fiscal year after discovering about a $2 million funding shortfall.

The commission ended up passing about a $20 million budget that included funding cuts for various county offices, including the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

The commissioners talked about not filling some jobs as part of their budget discussions.

On Thursday, Jeff Polczynski, head of the county's 911 system, asked the commission for permission to allow him to fill a 911 dispatching job as a result of someone leaving the position.


Commission President Frances Morgan expressed concern about filling the position, saying the commission probably will get requests from other departments to fill positions if the 911 job was filled.

Commissioner Dale Manuel objected to Morgan's comments, saying the 911 job was "different" and at a "higher level" because it involved public safety.

Manuel and Polczynski talked about how 911 calls have increased, and officials have to be careful that 911 dispatchers do not get burned out.

Polczynski said he has two vacant 911 jobs that he wants to fill.

Commissioner Greg Corliss said he would support filling one dispatching job, but not two.

The commission approved filling the one dispatching job Thursday.

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