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Berkeley County Commission briefs

June 25, 2009

County building inspector terminated



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Berkeley County Commission voted unanimously Thursday to terminate a county building inspector who failed to pass a required certification for the job multiple times since he was hired in June 2006.

Deputy County Administrator Alan J. Davis said in a letter to the commission that state code stipulates individuals in building inspector classifications must obtain certification within one year of employment.

After the commissioners terminated David E. Orndoff, they then voted to offer him the option of transferring to a Facilities Department position that is vacant.

Describing Orndoff as an "excellent" employee, Commission President Ronald K. Collins said Orndoff's lack of certification posed no liability risk to building owners over the last three years.

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Collins said Orndoff only was allowed to do certain types of inspections, "and that's all he did."

County Engineer William J. Teach said in a March 19 memo to Orndoff that he was pleased with his job performance, but could not overlook Orndoff's failure to obtain the required certification.

Former county commissioner reappointed to airport authority



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Former Berkeley County Commissioner Robert L. "Bob" Burkhart was reappointed Thursday to the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority board by the Berkeley County Commission.

Burkhart, 80, unanimously was reappointed to the volunteer board that oversees operations at the airport upon the recommendation of Commissioner Anthony J. "Tony" Petrucci.

Commissioner William L. "Bill" Stubblefield backed the reappointment after asking Petrucci to relay information about airport authority business from Burkhart to the county commission.

"We do need feedback," Stubblefield said.

Burkhart is Petrucci's father-in-law.

Former county commission candidate files pre-candidacy form for 2010



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- R. Klaus Heitmann, one of three candidates for Berkeley County Commission in the 2008 general election, filed a pre-candidacy registration form Wednesday indicating he might again run for the office in 2010, only this time as a Democrat.

Heitmann, of Martinsburg, became the first person in Berkeley or Jefferson counties to file the campaign finance form for a county office, according to each county's voter registration office. Individuals can begin to accept contributions and spend money for a possible campaign by filing the pre-candidacy form, but still have to file for an elected office.

As a Mountain Party candidate in 2008, Heitmann finished third, behind incumbent County Commissioner Steven C. Teufel and Anthony J. "Tony" Petrucci. Petrucci defeated Teufel in the election.

In the 2010 election, three county commission seats will be on the ballot, including the seat now held by Commission President Ronald K. Collins.

In addition to Heitmann, pre-candidacy forms have been filed with Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant's office as of June 4 for the following seats in the state House of Delegates:

o 53rd District -- incumbent Jonathan R. Miller, R-Berkeley

o 54th District -- incumbent Walter E. Duke, R-Berkeley, and Democrats Michael J. "Jason" Barrett and Arthur Ebeling, both of Martinsburg

o 55th District -- incumbent John Overington, R-Berkeley, and Democrat Donn E. Marshall of Martinsburg

o 56th District -- Republican Eric L. Householder of Martinsburg

Del. Tiffany Lawrence, D-Jefferson, did not specify the 58th District seat she now holds in the House, but has filed a pre-candidacy form for 2010, according to Tennant's office.

In the state Senate, 16th District incumbent John Unger, D-Berkeley/Jefferson, filed a pre-candidacy form for the 2010 election, and fellow 16th District incumbent Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson/Berkeley, has filed a pre-candidacy form for the 2012 election.

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