Hart named to replace Wise as Randolph 911 director

ELKINS – The Randolph County Commission appointed Cindy Hart to replace the departing Jim Wise as the county’s 911 director Thursday.

Commissioners accepted the resignation of Wise, who also served as the director of the county’s Office of Emergency Management, effective Feb. 28.

Prior to Thursday’s appointment, Hart had served as the director of the Barbour County OEM.

Commissioner Mike Taylor said that Wise’s resignation could have left a void for the county.

“Randolph County is very fortunate to find someone of Cindy’s caliber to fill the big shoes that Wise is leaving,” Taylor said.

Wise, on his resignation, said, “Thanks for the opportunity to have worked for you all (Randolph County Commission) and the citizens of the county.”

Hart also will serve as the county’s OEM director, flood plain coordinator and mapping/addressing director. She will have a starting salary of $55,000 per year plus benefits.

“Thanks for the opportunity,” Hart said. “Like you said, these are big shoes to fill and I’m excited and think it will be seamless. I can’t wait to get started.”

– Also at Thursday’s meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Erin Golden as the new Director of North Central Community Corrections, effective immediately, filling a gap that was left by the resignation of former director Travis Carter.

Golden was recommended by Sid Gillispie, head of the North Central Community Corrections Board of Directors. Golden has served as both the Community Corrections financial manager and interim director in Carter’s absence.

Golden will remain the financial manager as well as becoming the director. Her starting salary will be $45,000 per year plus benefits.

Carter was suspended by the County Commission Oct. 16, initially without pay. The Commission revised its decision Oct. 17, opting to pay Carter during his absence.

On Oct. 23, Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong told The Inter-Mountain that she had been involved with Carter.

Wilfong self-reported the relationship to the Judicial Investigation Commission, although three other subsequent reports were filed in the matter, the judge said. Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker and local attorney Chris Cooper have both confirmed that they filed complaints with the JIC.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, County Commissioners said that Tucker County would be withdrawing from North Central Community Corrections, effective June 30, leaving Pocahontas and Randolph counties as part of the program.