Upshur promotes OEM director

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission discussed Office of Emergency Management personnel positions Thursday.

The county’s part-time OEM director, Brain Shreves, was promoted to a salaried, full-time position. His new position will go into effect April 30.

“I think this is the best thing for the county,” Commissioner Sam Nolte said. “I’ve always thought this should have been a full-time position. The part-time directors have always worked hard, (so I’m recommending) Brian Shreves.”

Commissioners Terry Cutright and Troy Brady agreed and voted in favor of the motion.

“I’d like to congratulate Brian,” Brady said. “This was one of the best and easiest decisions I’ve had to make.”

Also discussed and voted on at the meeting was the selection of the E911 Communications Center Supervisor.

“We interviewed two candidates that are currently telecommunicators at the 911 center as required,” County Administrator Carrie Wallace said.

The Commission voted unanimously to hire Brandi Walton as the full-time 911 Communication Center supervisor.

Commissioners tabled a motion for a bid opening on a project to provide accessible circuit courtroom seating. When more information on options is available, a more knowledgeable decision will be made, officials said.

The U.S. Census Bureau local updated census address project, which was tabled from a previous meeting, is still in the process of organization and clarification, officials said.

The Upshur County Commission meets at 9 a.m. every Thursday on the third floor of the Upshur County Courthouse Annex.