Berkeley County eliminates geographic information system technician position

Council President William L. "Bill" Stubblefield said there was no disciplinary action involved

September 20, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Berkeley County employee’s position was eliminated Thursday due to a lack of work for the individual, county officials said.

The Berkeley County Council voted 5-0 to eliminate a geographic information system technician position, effective Oct. 5.

Berkeley County Administrator Deborah Hammond declined to immediately identify the employee because she said the individual was unaware that the reduction in force had been made.

“It has been evaluated and studied for a while,” Hammond said of the decision, which came after the council held an executive session on personnel at the end of Thursday’s regular meeting.

The employee was paid $25,448 in salary plus benefits, Hammond said.

Council President William L. “Bill” Stubblefield said there was no disciplinary action involved in the council’s decision.

IT Department Director Gary Wine, the person’s supervisor, said after the meeting that the county’s expertise with GIS technology would not be affected by the staff reduction.


GIS recently was used to redraw maps for the county’s political districts and voting precincts, and has been routinely used for county planning and emergency services.

The vote to eliminate the GIS position came shortly after the council adopted changes to the county’s employment termination policy in Thursday’s meeting.

The changes include a clarification that an employee’s involuntary termination or dismissal might not only involve unsatisfactory job performance or misconduct, but might be for “a simple, nondisciplinary reason to end an at-will employment.”

In other personnel matters, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely told the council that she hired Ronald “Ron” Rossi as an assistant prosecuting attorney.

Rossi, whose hiring was made effective Oct. 1, will be paid $50,000 per year. Rossi fills a vacancy created by the Aug. 17 resignation of Richard Stephens.

Games-Neely said the personnel change allowed her to give $3,000 pay increases to four attorneys in her office and $1,430 increases to two other employees without changing her budget for salaries.

The pay increases also were made effective Oct. 1.

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