Jason Myers, Parsons city administrator/treasurer, recently was named one of the 40 people making a difference in West Virginia by the State Journal's Generation Next 2012.
This annual award is designed to highlight the amazing things professionals younger than 40 are doing in West Virginia.
According to the State Journal, members of the class of 2012 have made a commitment to West Virginia and the communities they call home.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Parsons City Administrator/Treasurer Jason Myers is one of the West Virginia State Journal’s Generation Next 2012. Myers said he is honored to serve his community and its residents.
Parsons city employee Connie Hebb describes Myers as the most contentious person she knows.
"Everything that comes out of our office must be representative of the highest standard of professionalism," Hebb said. "He has the citizens of Parsons in mind with everything he does."
Hebb said she enjoys working with Myers and is glad he was honored.
Parsons Mayor Dorothy L. Judy said she doesn't know what the city would do without Myers.
"He has saved this city so much money and has helped secure grants for so many important projects," Judy said. "The care and concern he has for our city is invaluable."
Judy said Myers tries hard to improve his hometown.
"He certainly has worked hard to make Parsons that better place," Judy said. "He is not only a good worker, but a great family man as well."
Connie R. Collins, Parsons city recorder, said she nominated Myers for the State Journal program because she admires him.
"He is a man of many hats, and I do not understand how he does everything he does," Collins said. "He is always the first man here to help when something happens."
Collins said when she came to Parsons, Myers was very congenial and made her feel very welcome.
"He answered all of our questions and made us feel like a part of this community," Collins said. "I don't know what the city would do without him. He is indispensable."
Myers said he considers it an honor to serve the residents of Parsons.
"It is not a job I take lightly," Myers said. "I was born and raised in Parsons, and I will work and die here."
Myers attended Davis & Elkins College and earned his business administration degree in May 2000.
"I ran for Parsons City Council in April of the same year, won and took the oath of office in July," Myers said. "Gayle Bloom retired as city treasurer, and then Mayor Bill Duncil suggested I resign from council and apply for the position. I did and I got the job."
In May 2004, Myers was promoted to his current position as Parsons city administrator/treasurer.
"I contribute my success to my love of this town," Myers said. "When I go to other places, I am constantly looking at things and saying this would be a great addition for Parsons."
Myers said he wants to bring Parsons back to its former glory, much like it was before the 1985 flood.
"The flood seems to be a marker when talking about Parsons," Myers said. "People will say things were better before the flood."
Myers said he has the best staff and city council members, and they help him achieve goals for the town.
"My staff and council (support) my decisions and they know it is for the betterment of our community," Myers said. "I am also fortunate to have the support of my family."
Myers said Parsons is full of good people and that makes it a wonderful place to be.
"The great people here bring in more people, and without them, we have nothing," Myers said. "We have welcoming, wonderful and loving people - and the people are what sells our town for us."
Myers said he traveled to Charleston to receive his award, met with the other folks named as the 40 Under 40 and had the opportunity to meet with elected officials.
"I am so proud of our state," Myers said. "We have our financial house in order and have a plan to move forward. West Virginia has invested millions of dollars in my town and they have come through because they know I have a good reason to ask. And I am not through asking.
"I am very excited for the future of my city, and very proud to be a part of its growth," Myers said.