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Dugan wants a more open government

January 04, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Long before being sworn in as the new Morgan County commissioner, Stacy A. Dugan was thinking about bringing some changes to the community.

Dugan, 38, said she wants to improve the county's accessibility to the public.

One way is by using the county's Web site to show the public how money is being spent. For instance, Dugan said, if a check is written to any provider, the public could find out who received the money and for what it is being used.

"The public should know how the county spends their money," she said. "It all should be open government, which is what I ran on, and I think that's what the people wanted."

All forms should be available to download from the Web site, she said, to make it easy for people to get basic applications.

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"Any form that needs approval by the county should be available and can be processed by mail. It saves taxpayers' time.

"I want the people to feel welcome. I want them to be part of their county government and participate."

Dugan was sworn in as commissioner Friday and attended her first meeting.

"It was new. I'll learn more each time we meet," she said after the meeting.

She now has more time to spend on her new responsibilities as commissioner. On Dec. 23, Dugan resigned her full-time position as nutrition services director at War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs.

She said she begins a part-time job Jan. 12 with Valley Health as a clinical dietitian at War Memorial Hospital.

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