G-LtE™: Did Gilmer County Commission Follow the Rules?

CLARKSBURG — The Harrison County Commission may have violated a state law that dictates the process for modifying a county’s government when it hired County Administrator Willie Parker in 2013.
That’s according to County Clerk Susan Thomas, who pointed to section 7-1-1a of West Virginia Code, which outlines a series of steps to be followed before altering a county’s form of government — including the hiring of a county administrator. These steps include passing a resolution seeking approval from the Legislature and collecting signatures from 10 percent of the county’s registered voters.
“The way I look at it, they’re violating 7-1-1a and have been since he was hired,” Thomas said. “They never changed the form of government, and I think (Parker) is doing things that are outside the realm of what an administrative assistant would do. He’s making decisions I think that should be made by an elected official.”
The Taylor County Commission recently reversed its decision to hire a county administrator after consulting with prosecutors during a special meeting June 29.

Revenge of the Ghost Wolf

The Gilmer Free PressThe Clarksburg Exponent-Telegraph on Sunday, July 26, 2015 published the following article about whether the Harrison County Commission violated the State code in hiring of an County Administrator.

Gilmer County Commission has hired three administrators in past 3 or 4 years!

My question is: Did the Gilmer County Commission Violate section 7-1-1a of West Virginia Code?

CLARKSBURG EXPONENT TELEGRAM:
COUNTY CLERK: HARRISON COMMISSION MAY HAVE VIOLATED STATE CODE IN HIRING OF ADMINISTRATOR

CLARKSBURG — The Harrison County Commission may have violated a state law that dictates the process for modifying a county’s government when it hired County Administrator Willie Parker in 2013.

That’s according to County Clerk Susan Thomas, who pointed to section 7-1-1a of West Virginia Code, which outlines a series of steps to be followed before altering a county’s form of government — including the hiring of a county administrator. These steps include passing a resolution seeking approval…

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