Commissioners will look at converting several cars and trucks to natural gas and several to propane to see what advantages each system offers.
Steve Sluss, legal counsel for the assessor's office, said the assessor's cars rarely leave the county, and would be good candidates for conversion. County officials are also considering converting a maintenance truck and a van that transports people to and from mental hygiene hearings.
Also Thursday, county officials announced a courthouse reorganization that consolidates several jobs that are being done by different departments. "We just moved a few people around," Carper said.
The moves include promoting Maintenance Director Steve Neddo to planning and maintenance director, with a salary adjustment from $45,900 a year to $60,000, and moving Planning Director Dave Armstrong to economic development specialist. Armstrong's salary will go from $57,650 a year to $50,000.
Armstrong has been planning director since 2008. "It's a positive move," he said.
Also Thursday, commissioners approved an emergency $6,500 ammunition purchase for the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department. The purchase includes 1,000 rounds of .38 Special ammunition, 2,000 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, 10,000 rounds of .223 full metal jacket and 5,000 rounds of .223 soft point ammunition for the department's AR-15 rifles.
There is currently a run on ammunition brought about by talk of federal gun control legislation, and law enforcement officials are afraid they will soon have trouble finding ammunition if they don't buy it now.
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