It is inspiring to read in The Inter-Mountain of Mike Kelley's courageous action in acting to protect his family's health and welfare by resigning his candidacy for sheriff of Upshur County. In a society which seems to idolize power and position above all else, Deputy Kelley's action is remarkable and most admirable. His action stands in stark contrast to recent actions by the Upshur County Commission.
When a position became vacant in the maintenance department of the county, the commission filled the position within a few days from within the County Commission's staff. The citizens of the county were not given opportunity to apply for the position, which was not advertised to the public. The commission recently moved a county employee to a newly created position, again with no advertising of the opening. An employee in the assessor's office was transferred to the county clerk's office, also without the position being advertised.
The commission seems to have selective blindness concerning the possibility of litigation in every case except that of Deputy Mike Kelley. Is not there a possibility of litigation when positions are filled without advertising the vacancy? Lawyer Hartman's comments on the commission's transfer policy seem to be entirely accurate.
Administrator Parker's comments as to creating a vacancy causing a reduction in federal funding seem baseless since the commission has no problem filling vacancies overnight.
The argument that an election is involved seems to be specious and self-serving, especially in light of the gratuitous remarks made by defeated candidate David Taylor. Surely the Republican Executive Committee will refuse to put a poor loser's name on the November ballot. Mr. Taylor's being named to the ballot could appear to be collusion between Mr. Taylor and the executive committee to subvert the will of the voters of Upshur County.