Morgan County Commission briefs

January 21, 2011

Personnel guideline changes urged

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — The Morgan County Commission discussed revised personnel guidelines drafted by the county Wage and Review Board during a meeting Thursday.  

Morgan County Prosecutor Debra MH McLaughlin said the board had met seven different times and recommended changes to personnel policies.

Under one recommendation, department heads would write job descriptions and use them for job performance evaluations required by the county commission before each department's annual budget review.

Another recommendation urges that the existing pay scale for county employees "be done away with," McLaughlin said.

Commissioner Brenda J. Hutchinson said more discussions are needed regarding the employee handbook revisions and what would replace the existing pay scale.

Commissioner Bradley J. Close said he wants each office to have its own pay-scale percentage, and the office director would determine the pay increases for each employee in his or her department.

Hutchinson and commission President Stacy A. Dugan agreed with Close and said they wanted more autonomy for the officials in charge. But more discussion is needed at a workshop meeting before a decision would be made.

Elected officials for each department will meet with the commissioners on March 2 to discuss their 2011-12 budgets, Dugan said.

Economic board reappointments

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — The Morgan County Commission Thursday reappointed Economic Development Authority Board members Susan Webster, Jeanne Mozier, Betsy Heath and Jerry McGraw to serve another three-year term.

EDA board member and Commissioner Brenda J. Hutchinson said all five have attended "at least 50 percent of the meetings," which is a board bylaw requirement.

Frank Subasic and Jerry Berman have applied for an EDA board position and will be interviewed by the commissioners for the  position left open by John Petersen.

"John Petersen's schedule does not allow him to attend meetings," Hutchinson said.


3 residents to get Patriot Award

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — The first Patriot Award for outstanding service for 2010 will go to three Morgan County residents.

The three members of the Morgan County Commission Thursday each chose a county resident to be honored at the next commission meeting on Feb. 3.

Commissioner Bradley J. Close chose Kim Mason for her outstanding volunteer work in the county, especially in the Toys for Tots campaign.

Audrey Morris, executive director for Morgan County Starting Points, was chosen by Commissioner Brenda J. Hutchinson for "her concern and compassion for those in need."

Commission President Stacy A. Dugan chose Ruthie Cain, who is an active church member of Mahnes Methodist Chapel and is a Morgan County Rescue Auxiliary volunteer.

Each will be given a Patriot Award certificate and a commemorative pin. Their names will be printed a plaque that will hang in the new Morgan County Courthouse, Hutchinson said.

"All three are very worthy," she said.

Unused funds to be donated

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — About $500 not used for last September's courthouse grand opening will be donated to Morgan County Starting Points, an organization that helps local families.

The Morgan County commissioners approved the suggestion from County Administrator Jodie McClintock to give the money to Starting Points.

A check will be given to Starting Points Executive Director Audrey Morris at the next commission meeting on Feb. 3.

— Trish Rudder
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