CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nicholas County never had a county manager. Then, for about six days last week, it did. Now it doesn't. Next week, it might have one again.
The Nicholas County Commission created and filled a $60,000-per-year county manager position at its meeting on Aug. 6, without mentioning the position on its posted agenda or conducting a search.
Local outcry led the commission to rescind the position, and the brief employment of Roger Beverage as county manager, at a special meeting on Aug. 12.
Another meeting is scheduled for Aug. 20, and Mary O'Dell, an assistant with the Nicholas County Commission says that creating a county manager position will be on the agenda.
O'Dell said that the county manager position was on the agenda at the Aug. 6 meeting, but that it wasn't "explicit."
The item on the agenda read, "At the request of the commission, staff meeting with departmental supervisors."
Ken Altizer, one of three Nicholas County commissioners, would not comment on the matter, saying the commission would release a statement next week. Yancy Short and John Miller, the other two commissioners, did not return repeated requests for comment from the Gazette-Mail.
Beverage retired in 2008 after more than 37 years with the West Virginia Army National Guard. He served as command sergeant, and was the highest ranking non-commissioned officer in the Guard.
More recently, Beverage served as the chief probation officer for Nicholas County, retiring at the end of July.
Contacted while he was still county manager, Beverage declined to comment. But late last week he was more forthcoming, explaining that he was no longer on the county payroll.
"They just approached me, I didn't approach them," Beverage said of the county commission. "I didn't know anything about it, I was chief probation officer, getting ready to retire, and they knew me. I thought I could really help the county."