CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Members of the West Virginia Ethics Commission did not hire a new executive director Thursday, but authorized current executive director Theresa Kirk and personnel committee chairman Jon Turak to enter into contract negotiations with the finalist.
Commission members took that action after meeting in executive session to get an update from the personnel committee, which over the past month has interviewed seven applicants for the position.
Kirk, who has been executive director for the past four years, and was legal counsel for the commission for the previous four years, announced in December she would be stepping down to seek employment in the private sector.
Kirk's last day will be March 8, and she said Thursday that plans are to have the new executive director on board before then, to allow for a transition period. By law, the executive director of the Ethics Commission must be a lawyer.
Also during Thursday's meeting, commissioners:
• Determined that a high school principal may be employed at a business owned by a coach at the high school, but should not participate in annual performance evaluations for the coach.
"It's an unusual, unique situation," said Kirk.
Although requests for ethics advisory opinions are confidential, the request evidently comes from Greenbrier East High School Principal Jeff Bryant, who also is director of entertainment at The Greenbrier resort.
Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier, coaches the boys and girls basketball teams at Greenbrier East.