Morrisey also proposed hiring seven additional workers at a cost of $504,765.
His office hopes to hire a chief technology officer, an assistant comptroller, information technology workers, an accounts receivable clerk and two employees to scan documents.
Morrisey said the extra employees were needed to "help further the office's constitutional mission, achieve greater transparency and operate in full compliance with state laws and regulations."
To offset the extra expenses, Morrisey said his office would not purchase trinkets -- pens, pillboxes, magnets -- emblazoned with his name, as McGraw had done for years. Morrisey said his name also wouldn't appear on education materials.
What's more, Morrisey said he wouldn't use state money to buy "broad-based advertising" for the Attorney General's Office during election years.
His office also plans to save money by hiring fewer outside lawyers. "The goal is to not use outside counsel, if there's in-house counsel that can do the work," he said.
Morrisey said he would establish a competitive bidding process to select outside lawyers -- only for complicated cases that require specialized legal skills.
"The Office of Attorney General is in dire need of a structural transformation," Morrisey said. "We need to ensure this office runs like a modern law firm."
Morrisey said his office now has 191 employees. He said he was conducting a "national search" to hire the "best and brightest lawyers" to come to West Virginia and work in his office.
He has already hired Elbert Lin, a former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, at a salary of $132,000 -- even though Lin doesn't have a West Virginia law license, and won't be able to appear in court or sign legal pleadings in the state for months.
Twenty-seven employees have left the Attorney General's Office since he defeated McGraw in the November election, Morrisey said. He did not say how many people he has hired and how many new positions he has created since he took office on Jan. 14.
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