Randolph officials accept pay raises

ELKINS – All of Randolph County’s elected officials have signed up to accept the pay raises they will receive on July 1, the first pay hikes for them in eight years, officials said Thursday.

The pay increases will cost the county $60,000 per year, officials said at Thursday’s Randolph County Commission meeting. Senate Bill 1005 allotted a 12-percent pay increase for county elected officials, if the county commissions are able to afford the raises.

Commissioner Mike Taylor said auditors determined 15 of the 55 West Virginia counties were not eligible for raises for their elected officials, but Randolph County is eligible.

“Randolph County did not include the raises in their budget, but would do a budget revision on July 1,” Taylor said.

Each of the county’s elected officials has submitted a letter to the County Commission stating they accept the pay rate increase, Taylor said. The raises will be effective July 1.

Each of the three Randolph County Commissioners’ annual salaries will increase to $39,917, as opposed to the current rate of $35,640.

Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker’s annual salary will be $103,264, as opposed to his current salary of $92,200; Circuit Clerk Phil Riggleman’s will be $59,875, up from $53,460; County Clerk Brenda Wiseman’s will be $59,875, up from $53,460; Assessor Phyllis Yokum’s will be $49,157, up from $43,890; and Sheriff Mark Brady’s will be $49,157, as opposed to his current salary of $43,890.

  • Also during Thursday’s meeting, West Virginia Press Association Executive Director Don Smith invited Commissioners to the President’s Reception during the West Virginia Press Association’s 2014 Convention.

“Representatives of West Virginia’s 81 newspapers are meeting at Canaan Valley Resort Aug. 7-9,” Smith said. “The location of our annual summer convention rotates around the state each year, allowing the WVPA membership to experience West Virginia’s unique regional offerings and lifestyle.”

Smith said the event would offer Commissioners a valuable networking opportunity.

“This is a great opportunity for you to talk about your county,” Smith said.

Also Thursday, Commissioners took the following action:

– Voted to donate $3,500 from the hotel/motel tax to the Tygart Valley Little League for the 10-11 year-old state tournament in July. Harvey Taylor said this is the first time the state tournament has been held in Tygarts Valley since 2009.

– Voted to accept the resignation of Sheriff Deputy Roger Foster with regret. Taylor said Foster provided outstanding service and dedication, and he would be missed.

– Voted to hire Charles Ramsey in the Sheriff’s Office as a court security officer. He will begin June 23 on a 90-day probation period.

– Voted to approve a new pay structure in the 911 Office with additional pay for three shift supervisors, two training officers and a terminal agency coordinator. The additional pay for the positions will total $6,000 yearly.

– A motion to hire a part-time intern in the Circuit Clerk’s office died for lack of a motion. Taylor said Riggleman would have to come before the Commission in person to make a request and presentation for the position to be approved or funded.

The next Randolph County Commission meeting is slated for 1:30 p.m. July 1.