The spring board meeting of the Board of Directors of the WV Association of Counties enjoyed the hospitality of Wood County June 8th to 10th and were welcomed by Wood County Commissioners Wayne Dunn, Blair Couch, and Steve Gainer; Assessor Rich Shaffer; Circuit Clerk Carole Jones. Prosecuting Attorney Jason Wharton and County Clerk Mark Rhodes also attended the meeting.
The meeting agenda items included committee reports for adoption of the FY 2015 budget and approval of preliminary plans for the 2015 Conference of Counties. The ProAct Prescription Discount Drug Card was endorsed and the Student Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America from WV State University presented a rough cut of the county government videos they are producing. A “cracker barrel session” for discussion of “the salary saga” was conducted followed by a review of legislative issues affecting counties at the “Issues and Eggs” breakfast meeting the next day.
New officers and board members were sworn in by Board Secretary, County Clerk Jan Pest. Monongalia County Sheriff Al Kisner closed out his presidency and Greenbrier County Assessor Steve Keadle began his term as President.
Board of Directors
Jan Pest, Marshall County, County Clerk
Immediate Past President: Nancy Cartmill, Cabell County, Commissioner
Phyllis Yokum, Assessor, Randolph
Donnie Evans, County Clerk, Monroe
Paul Flanagan, Circuit Clerk, Raleigh
Perri DeChristopher, Prosecutor, Monongalia
Tim McCormick, Commissioner, Ohio
Sonya M. Dingess Porter, Sheriff, Logan
Arlene Mossor, Ritchie
Sue Ann Zickefoose, Boone
Scott Lemley, Wetzel
Laura Storm, Jefferson
Angela Banks, Jefferson
Carole Jones, Wood
Greg Vandall, Summers
Virginia Sine, Berkeley
Jack David Woodrum, Summers
Linda Huggins, Preston
Denise Eskew Scalph, Fayette
Verlin Moye, Mercer
Ron Watson, Harrison
Diana Cromley, Mason
Mike Taylor, Randolph
Susan Thomas, Harrison
Rachel Romano, Harrison
Pete Dougherty, Jefferson
Jim Samples, Clay
Jim Riffle, Marion
Gerry Hough, Gilmer
Bryan Ward, Hardy
Brooke Fitzgerald, Doddridge
Mark Brady, Randolph
Michael Parker, Randolph County, Prosecutor
Brenda L. Miller, Ohio County, Circuit Clerk
Robert Pasley, Wayne County, Commissioner
Jean Friend, Monongalia County, Circuit Clerk
David “Bugs” Stover, Wyoming County, Circuit Clerk
Carol Smith, Upshur County, County Clerk, WVACo Secretary
Legislative Priorities Adopted
Over sixty county officials met at Oglebay Resort for the Board of Directors meeting of the WV Association of Counties. Several items of business were approved and legislative priorities for the 2014 legislative session were adopted.
The meeting opened with a welcome from Ohio County Circuit Clerk Brenda Miller, Assessor Kathie Hoffman, and Commissioner Tim McCormick as well as Marshall County Commissioner Bob Miller.
Over 75 participants attended the Fall Board Meeting at Stonewall Resort
Lewis County Commissioner Agnes Queen and Patrick Boyle along with Sheriff Mike Gissy and Assessor T Chad Kelly welcome everyone to Lewis County’s Stonewall Resort.
Sheriffs’ Association Director Rudi Raynes Kidder along with Sheriffs Mike White, Tom McComas, John Hawkins and Prosecutor Michael Sparks discuss their legislative priorities for 2013.
Megan Grasso and Jason Karpman of the Council for State Governments’ Justice Reinvestment Study explain their findings so far to the Board, as part of their analysis of West Virginia’s prison overcrowding problems. Among many other issues, they have found that revocations of parole are playing a role.
Assessor Steve Keadle presents their legislative priorities in preparation for voting and adopting issues for 2013.
Circuit Clerks are presented with a special gift from WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck in recognition of their 75th anniversary as an organization.
US Attorney Booth Goodwin talks about federal law enforcement issues of interest to counties, including substance abuse, identity theft, and sovereign citizen activity.
WVACo Legislative Priority Benefits all Non-State Entities in PEIA
On its fourth try through the Legislature, Senate Bill 365, sponsored by Senators Laird, Plymale, Beach and Miller, becomes effective July 1, 2012. This bill was a legislative priority of the WV Association of Counties and other non-state participants in PEIA, the Public Employees’ Insurance Agency. One representative on the PEIA Finance Board will be appointed to represent the interests of participating political subdivisions. The bill adds one additional appointment from the public at large, creating a board of 10
members appointed by the Governor plus the Secretary of the Department of Administration.
The non-state participants in PEIA are an entirely separate pool from the state employees. We make up about 10% of PEIA participation with over 800 nonstate entities including counties, municipalities, public service districts, and many various authorities and organizations. This bill provides a direct voting representative for the non-state interests.
For county officials, every day presents new challenges. NACo offers ways to help county officials and their staffs find solutions to the many problems they face.
The NACo Web has a quick way to access resources NACo provides. It includes information from and about conferences, webinars and training programs. It showcases NACo’s many publications and collections of successful county programs. And it provides key research data and also sample codes and ordinances so you can save time and money.
Take advantage of this resource to gain the knowledge that can help you to better serve your residents. But don’t stop here. Check out Becoming Involved and take an active role in the success of your association.
Commissioner Jerry Berry Elected President
The following officers and board members were elected at the business general session of the West Virginia Association of Counties Annual meeting on February 8th and will take office at the Spring Board of Directors Meeting in June:
President – Commissioner Jerry Berry, Summers County
Immediate Past President – Prosecutor Gerry Hough, Gilmer County