Keyser named interim administrator in Jefferson County

May 01, 2012|By RICHARD F. BELISLE |
  • Debbie Keyser was appointed interim county administrator by the Jefferson County (W.Va.) Commissioners on April 27, 2012.
By Richard F. Belisle/Staff Writer

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Debbie Keyser, hired a month ago as Jefferson County’s first human resource manager, was appointed interim county administrator by the Jefferson County Commission on Friday.

Her duties will include both positions until a permeant administrator is hired.

Her temporary salary will be in the $95,000-a-year range, said Commissioners President Patsy Noland. “We’ll discuss that on Thursday,” Noland said, referring to Thursday’s county commission meeting.

Keyser replaces Sandy Slusher McDonald, who has held the interim position since Jan. 13, when Tim Boyde resigned as county administrator.

McDonald, who normally works as an administrative assistant to the county administrator, stepped down last week from the temporary post.

She served as interim administrator in 2010, before the commissioners hired Boyde in March 2010. He resigned to return to his old job as administrator of Centre County, Pa.

The county advertised for a replacement for Boyde, but none of the candidates met the commissioners’ requirements, Noland said Monday.

“There were a few good candidates who had good backgrounds in things like planning or housing, but none seemed to have a lot in administration,” she said.

Advertising for another round of administrator candidates began this week.

Before she was hired as human resource manager, Keyser, who lives near Inwood, W.Va., in Berkeley County, was a paid consultant for the county.

She came to Jefferson County with more than 20 years of human resources experience for two private companies, one of which “was a $200 million organization,” she said.

Noland said Keyser “has proven herself in the short time she has been employed as HR manager. The commission has all the confidence in her ability to do a good job as interim administrator.”

Jefferson County has an annual budget of nearly $26 million and more than 1,870 employees, including elected officials.

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