CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Less than a week after the Jefferson County Commission removed longtime County Administrator Leslie Smith, members voted 3-2 Tuesday to hire Sandy Slusher McDonald, a veteran employee in Smith's office, to serve as interim administrator.
Smith, who held the job for 15 years, was earning about $95,000 a year, Commission President Dale Manuel said Tuesday.
Smith, who left the meeting Thursday after she was removed from her postion, has hired local attorney Peter Chakmakian. A severance package was being discussed for Smith, officials have said.
Manuel said earlier this week he expects Smith to consider legal action against the commissioners.
The commissioners agreed to raise McDonald's salary to between $50,000 and $65,000 while she runs the county until a permanent administrator can be hired, a process Manuel said could take three to six months.
The salary range for the person hired permanently would be close to what Smith was earning, he said.