CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Jefferson County's government administrator, who has worked at the job for more than 15 years, was removed from her position Thursday during a tense Jefferson County Commission meeting.
Leslie Smith was removed from her job by a 3-2 vote of the five-member commission.
Commissioner Lyn Widmyer, who made the motion to remove Smith, noted Smith's dedication to her job in a video recording of the meeting that was posted on the commission's Web site.
But Widmyer said Smith's responses during an evaluation did not calm some of her concerns.
Commissioner Jim Surkamp, who voted along with Widmyer and Commissioner Frances Morgan to remove Smith, referred to his concern of "running into a wall everyday. I'm in that ambivalent spot."
Commission President Dale Manuel and Commissioner Patsy Noland voted against removing Smith from her job. The motion to remove Smith from her post calls for putting Smith on paid administrative leave until Oct. 24 until Smith's attorney and a county attorney can work out a severance package for her, Manuel said.