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Debbie Keyser hired as full-time Jefferson County administrator

September 06, 2012|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com
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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Debbie Keyser, Jefferson County’s interim administrator since May, moved to permanent status Thursday following a unanimous vote by all five county commissioners.

Keyser was hired in April as the county’s first full-time human resources director. Less than a month later the commissioners named her interim administrator to replace Sandra Slusher McDonald in the temporary slot.

McDonald was chosen in January to take over the duties after County Administrator Tim Boyde resigned.

Keyser worked for more than 20 years in human resources administration for two private firms.

According to McDonald, Keyser was one of 35 applicants for the Jefferson County job. Three were interviewed.

“Debbie was our obvious choice after we saw the way she stepped up to the plate. She did a good job,” said Commission President Patsy Noland. “She came to us from private industry and had to learn quickly how county government works.”

Noland said Keyser’s human resource experience is a plus in her duties as county administrator.

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“She worked out really well guiding the county in the past six months,” said Commissioner Dale Manuel. “The vote to continue with Debbie was unanimous.”

Keyser plans to move to Jefferson County after she sells her house in Berkeley County. She will be responsible for an annual county budget of $26 million and 1,870 county employees.

She said the change from interim to permanent administrator “only changes the title, not the duties.”

Her salary as interim administrator, $97,750, won’t change with her new permanent status.

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