Commission approves Pomeroy’s resignation

BUCKHANNON – With reluctance, the Upshur County Commission voted to accept the resignation of County Administrator Megan Pomeroy.

Although Pomeroy’s resignation was unanimously approved, Commissioner Donnie Tenney jokingly made a motion not to accept the resignation before making a motion to OK the departure.

“It is with reluctance that I do ask for a motion to authorize the acceptance of that resignation letter,” Commission President J.C. Raffety said.

“It is with great reluctance that I so move,” Tenney said.

Pomeroy said her family will be moving to Wisconsin, based on an employment opportunity made available to her significant other.

“I’ve really enjoyed working here, and this work and the three of you has meant the world to me,” Pomeroy said. “I appreciate working with you, and it’s been a pleasure.”

Pomeroy’s resignation is effective June 27. In her letter to the Commission, Pomeroy said she hopes she has been able to benefit Upshur County.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity I have had to serve our community, and I hope that I have been able to benefit Upshur County during my tenure here,” Pomeroy wrote in her resignation letter. “The support I have received from the community and the county employees has been essential to my experience here, and to the success of the county as a whole. If I can assist in any way with this transition, please know I will be available.”

Commissioners were extremely complimentary of Pomeroy’s professionalism and job performance.

“She has done an outstanding job as the county administrator,” Commissioner Troy Brady III said.

Raffety added his praise.

“(She) took that job and worked hard at it and accomplished much in the two years that she’s been here,” Raffety said before addressing Pomeroy directly, “We appreciate it. We appreciate your efforts. Sometimes those go unrecognized, but we three (commissioners) know the importance of the service you have provided us. We wish you the best of luck in your location and smooth sailing ahead.”

– Commissioners also approved resignations for Cassandra W. McManus as E911 full-time dispatcher effective June 5; Sarah Humphrey as deputy circuit clerk, effective July 30; and Joshua E. Koert as E911 part-time dispatcher effective May 19.

_ In other news, the Commission approved a 5-year, $145,200 loan at 3 percent interest from Progressive Bank to finance the replacement of the condensing unit for the Upshur County Courthouse Annex. Raffety will act as the fiscal agent for the loan, signing any related documents.

– Commission approved the use of the Upshur County Livestock Facility for an auction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 10 by John Bowers. The rental fee is $100.

“We talked about, in the past, advertising and renting that out for different functions,” Tenney said. “It’s a large building. It’s a nice facility. … I think that’s something that we need to kind of advertise and let people know we have available. I think there’s some real potential there for auctions. I think there’s some potential there for reunions. I think there’s a lot of potential. With things being tight in the county, any way that we can increase the revenues is a good opportunity.”

– Commission approved a memorandum of understanding with Mountain CAP of West Virginia Inc. for providing summer meals to children at the Upshur County Pool this year.