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Berkeley County planning, engineering and code enforcement functions reorganized

Stefanie Miller no longer in charge of county's engineering division but remains planning department director

March 26, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Council voted 4-1 Thursday to reorganize the county's planning, engineering and code enforcement functions and split them into two departments.

The reorganization relieves Stefanie Miller of being in charge of the county's engineering division and reduces her salary from about $64,000 to $52,541, according to county officials.  She will remain the county's planning department director.

Council President William L. "Bill" Stubblefield voted against the reorganization.

The planning and engineering functions were merged into the Department of Land Use Planning and Engineering just before the retirement of County Engineer William "Bucky" Teach in December 2009.

Miller began leading the newly created department in January 2010.

Teach was replaced by Kimberly Shrader. She will now oversee the Engineering Department, if ultimately retained after a six-month probationary period.

Shrader's appointment in the newly organizational structure was made contingent upon her taking the necessary steps to attain the designation of building code official. Her $70,000 salary was not changed.

Miller's appointment was made contingent upon her continued pursuit of a bachelor's degree in planning or a related field. Her appointment also was made probationary for six months.

Miller earned an associate of science degree in business management from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in December 2006, according to Deputy County Administrator Alan Davis.

One of the conditions of her appointment as planning director in 2006 was to work toward obtaining a bachelor's degree in planning, Davis said.

"So this is just a continuation of that understanding," Davis said.  

Council member Doug Copenhaver, who made the motion to reorganize the planning and engineering functions, said he believed the split, which will take effect Friday, will improve employee morale and productivity.

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