Upshur Commission names new administrator

The Upshur County Commission promoted Megan Pomeroy on Thursday to the county administrator’s job following a brief executive session.

Pomeroy, who has served as an assistant administrator since September, fills the vacancy created by last week’s resignation of long-time county administrator Willie Parker. Parker submitted his resignation a few days before it was accepted May 9 by the commissioners. No reason was given for Parker’s departure, other than his letter indicating it was for personal reasons.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Pomeroy said. “I have had a lot of great experiences and learning experiences that I think have made me well prepared.”

Pomeroy, who had just received an increase in pay as an assistant, will see her salary increased to $50,000.

“She has proven her abilities,” Commissioner Donnie Tenney said. “She stepped up to the challenge.”

The commissioners announced they will seek a new assistant administrator in the coming days.

In other matters, the commissioners approved the hiring of Richard Hawkins as a secretary and baliff in the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Dave Coffman said Hawkins will spend about 16 hours each week performing office tasks and 24 hours each week serving as a baliff, though that split could vary depending on court schedules.

Coffman said the hiring will fill the vacancies created by the resignations of two workers, and it should save the county more than $12,000 annually.

The commissioners also approved the appointment of Albert Lake to the James W. Curry Advisory Board.

The commissioners also proclaimed May to be Mental Health Awareness Month and the week of May 13-19 to be Police Week. Officers from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the sheriff’s office and the Buckhannon Police Department joined with the commissioners and Family Resource Network director Joyce Harris-Thacker for the police proclamation.