Jefferson County Commission denies request to increase EDA budget

February 08, 2012
  • Pellish

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — The Jefferson County Commission has denied Commissioner Walt Pellish’s request made last week to increase the county’s Economic Development Authority budget by $30,000.

The money would have covered additional costs for the salary, travel and conference expenses for a soon-to-be-hired authority executive director.

Pellish, the commission’s representative on the authority, said that agency’s board of directors “is on the verge of hiring someone.”

Whoever is hired will replace former Director Tom Bayuzik, who was dismissed in October.

Bayuzik was earning about $76,000 a year. Pellish said the authority needs to pay more to recruit the best qualified candidate, closer to the $98,000 range.

Commissioner Lyn Widmyer suggested a salary range of around $88,000, but Pellish said that wasn’t high enough.

“Market conditions dictate that you do what you need to do to get the job done,” he said.

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