Board openings discussed at commission meeting

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Commission discussed several board appointments available in the county, including one newly opened spot on the county’s park board.

“There are four that haven’t been responded to,” Commission President Joe Barnabei said of the available board vacancies.

Those boards include the Northern Panhandle HOME Consortium, Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission and the BHJ Technical Advisory Committee, and the Northern Panhandle Community Criminal Justice Board.

The county also has postings for summer interns with the WVU Hancock County Extension Office, part-time employment at the county animal shelter and a tax deputy.

In addition, a seat now is open on the county’s park board, after the commission received word of the resignation of board member Ian Wilson, effective April 5.

According to a memo to the commission from the board’s president, Jeffery Wargo, Wilson offered his resignation following the board’s April 3 meeting, at which time Wilson was presented with information about actions, allegedly by Wilson, which possibly were unethical.

Wargo’s letter stated the conversation with Wilson had been recorded, and the board agreed to accept his resignation.

No additional information or comments were provided on the matter.

The commission now is advertising for interest in filling the seat.

“That person can be from any district,” Barnabei said, noting it will be posted on the county commission’s website until April 29.

In other matters, commissioners made it a matter of record of the hiring of Britni Recinella as office administrator for the Hancock County Parks and Recreation Board.

The county also will begin advertising for a full-time position of deputy clerk in the Hancock County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

The commission announced the Hancock County Animal Shelter, commissioners, county humane officers, the assessor’s office and others will jointly sponsor a rabies clinic, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 18 and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 22 at the animal shelter.

Other actions by the commission Thursday included:

–Approving the hiring of Markas Dunlevy as administrative assistant in the Office of Emergency Management

–Approval of a depository bond with Hancock County Savings Bank in the amount of $10 million.

–Approval of Sgt. Matt Harvey to be promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. A promotion ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. today at the courthouse.