Tenney takes oath as new Commission President

Kristie Tenney takes her oath as the new President of the Upshur County Commission.

BUCKHANNON — Commissioner Kristie Tenney took her oath as the new President of the Upshur County Commission Thursday morning. Sam Nolte made the motion to nominate Tenney as President, seconded by Terry Cutright who stated, “I am proud and honored to make that motion.” Tenney will serve in this leading role for the next two years.

John Michael “Mike” Coffman was hired as Upshur County’s Chief Deputy of Law Enforcement following approval from the County Commission Thursday morning. Recently hired Prevention Resource Officer (PRO) for Upshur County Schools, Adam Gissy, was denied his request as part-time Deputy Sheriff. In early December, Gissy resigned from his PRO position and subsequently requested to be redesignated as a part-time Deputy. Commissioners entered executive session regarding the matter and no decisions were reportedly made during that time. Nolte made a motion following executive session to table the items until Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Hinkle has time to discuss some things. Following the consideration of part-time employment, Nolte made a motion to deny the request, which was seconded by Cutright. No further explanation was given.

Commissioners also reviewed Sunday hours of the Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility. Director Jan Cochran recommended keeping hours the same until some sort of normalcy returns. An employee is already there on Sundays, explained County Administrator Carrie Wallace, so it does not require additional hours to do so.  Nolte made a motion to keep hours as is until further review, and the motion was seconded by Cutright. Commissioners will review the matter again if and when Cochran feels it is necessary to make the change.

In other business, Commissioners had multiple items to discuss regarding layout and format for the new year. Nolte made a motion to keep date and times for regular meetings the same. If a weekly meeting is not necessary, they will cancel for that week. They approved local rules for the Commission meetings, in addition to registration sign-in sheet in accordance with WV Code §6-9A-3. After approval of agenda format and material, Commissioner Cutright made a motion to amend the item. This amendment was to remove the pay rates of hired employees. However, it is public knowledge; therefore, if anyone would like to receive this information, they must request it and it will be provided. Hours of operation for the Upshur County Courthouse, Annex and Administration Annex will remain the same. Commissioners approved the 2021 Holiday Schedule and Administrative Closures, in addition to the Affidavit of Commission President, Sheriff and County Clerk Establishing Facsimile Signature and Commissioner Board Appointments.

Commissioners approved Upshur County Commission’s mission statement for purposes of meeting grant requirements set by the WV Division of Justice and Community Services. They reviewed and provided signature of correspondence to Ryan Halsey, Project Manager, enclosing Community Development Block Grant – Small Cities Block Grant Request for Payment for the Elkins Road PSD Phase III Water System Improvements in the amount of $164,776.02.

Commissioners approved the Recommendation for Denial of Claim for the Estate of Charlotte Lucille Vest as requested by Fiduciary Commissioner Daya Masada Wright. They also approved the Recommendation for Extension of Time to File Appraisement for the Estate of Doris Jean Davis Carr as requested by Fiduciary Commissioner Daya Masada Wright.

Regarding the revised COVID-19 Sick Leave Policy, Commissioners tabled the item until they review with the Policy Board. Additionally, the Commission approved the resignation of an employee and the adoption of the 2021 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced – December 22, 2020.

The next regular meeting for the Upshur County Commission will take place January 14.

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