BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission voted to make the director of the Upshur County Office of Emergency Management — currently a part-time position — a full-time job Thursday, tapping interim director Brian Shreves to fill the slot.
Shreves is currently serving as the part-time interim OEM director and will assume the position on a permanent, full-time basis, effective April 30. Having previously served as the deputy director of the OEM, he first assumed the interim director position when former OEM director Jim Farrell notified the commission of his need to take a leave of absence due to illness in January; Farrell later gave notice of his official resignation.
The commission adjourned into executive session for approximately 10 minutes on Thursday morning to discuss promoting Shreves to the position on a full-time basis. After re-entering regular session, commissioner Sam Nolte made a motion to promote Shreves, while eliminating the part-time director and the part-time deputy director positions.
“I will make a motion that we eliminate the part-time director position and create a full-time director position, but also eliminate the part-time deputy director position, so it’s one employee in a full-time position,” Nolte said. “With that being said, we need a letter of understanding with the E-911 Center.”
Nolte recommended making the full-time position a salaried position at the rate of $40,000 plus benefits, which would be an approximate increase of $16,000.
“I think this is the best thing for the county,” Nolte added. “I’ve always thought this position should have been a full-time position, and I’m recommending Brian Shreves.”
Commission president Terry Cutright said the commission did not need to advertise the position since it was promoting from within. Commissioner Troy “Buddy” Brady seconded Nolte’s motion, which passed unanimously. Following the appointment, the commissioners shook hands with Shreves and congratulated him on the promotion.
Shreves is currently working 19.5 hours per week as part-time OEM director. He’s logged about 25 years in the emergency services field, having served as a paramedic for 17 years prior to becoming the part-time deputy director about a year ago. Shreves said he was eager to assume the position at the end of the month.
“I’m excited for the office to be full-time to better serve the citizens of Upshur County,” Shreves commented.
The commission also approved the appointment of Brandi Walton to E-911 Communications Center supervisor effective April 30 at a pay rate of $12.79 per hour. Walton is currently an E-911 dispatcher.
In other business, the commission:
p Tabled reviewing the presentations of local law firms during a recent joint work session with the Lewis County Commission regarding drug manufacturer law suits.
p Approved a motion to temporarily appoint assistant Upshur County administrator Tabatha Perry to fill a vacant commission-appointed seat on the Upshur County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau board, as had been requested by CVB executive director Laura Meadows.
p Approved the current revision of the Upshur County Employee Handbook of Personnel Guidelines dated April 27, 2017.
p Received correspondence from Bethany Burkhart, Tri-County Visitation and Exchange program site supervisor, announcing that Misty Lattea had rejected an employment opportunity as monitor. The commission had approved hiring of Lattea at its April 6 meeting.
p Received correspondence from circuit clerk Brian Gaudet announcing the resignation of Jessica Foster as full-time deputy circuit clerk effective April 9. The commission also received a request from Gaudet requesting the employment of Leslie D. Trainer as full-time deputy circuit clerk effective May 8 at a rate of $9 per hour.