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Commission closes Randolph courthouse

ELKINS — Randolph County Commissioners voted during an emergency meeting Monday to close the courthouse and its annexes to the public in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Commissioners voted to suspend general public access to the courthouse and its annex buildings beginning at 2 p.m. Monday and ending April 2, “unless other conditions change.”

“All offices are being asked to work with the public — allowing them to drop off or pick up records and documents and to perform any other services not available online, by phone or by mail,” said Commission President David Kesling.

“Entrances will be only granted to those who have called ahead or have been offered an appointment by a specific office,” he said, noting that circuit and magistrate courts will remain open, while court security officers will be posted to check the public in.

“The doors will be closed to all the judicial offices, but we’ll have court security available for emergency orders or that type of thing that need to be filed immediately. They’ll have access by just coming to the door; the court security officer will let them in,” said Commissioner Mark Scott.

“At that given time, travel, general health or other questions may be asked of the individual requesting entrance before granted. This is a part of our efforts to keep our citizens and staff safe,” said Kesling.

“All others are required to call the office that (they) are wishing to speak with, and then courthouse staff will first attempt to satisfy (their) needs over the phone, electronically or by mail,” he said, then asked that the public be patient with the staff as they work “even harder” to satisfy needs for county services while the commission works to protect the health and well-being of the staff and citizens of Randolph County.

“Please note that guidance and recommendations given by the state and federal governments is continually changing and that the Randolph County Commission is regularly monitoring these situations and will act accordingly,” Kesling said.

Kesling and Scott voted in favor of the closing, while Commissioner Chris See was not present at the meeting.

Contact information for courthouse offices includes:

The Randolph County Commission office at 304-636-2057.

The county clerk’s office at 304-636-0543.

The assessor’s office at 304-636-2114.

The sheriff’s tax office at 304-636-2100.

The prosecuting attorney’s office at 304-636-2053.

The sheriff’s law enforcement office at 304-636-2111.

The Office of Emergency Management at 304-636-0483.

The circuit clerk’s office at 304-636-2765.

Look for updates from local governments in future editions of The Inter-Mountain.

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