While most large counties in West Virginia have a county manager or administrator position, smaller counties often do not.
Brooke, Hampshire and Hancock counties, which all have populations very close to Nicholas County, do not have county manager positions. Boone County, which has slightly fewer residents than Nicholas County, does have a county manager.
About 30 of West Virginia's 55 counties have a county manager or administrator position, according to the West Virginia Association of Counties.
"A lot of smaller counties, the commission does not hire a manager or administrator and, actually, constitutionally the way the offices are set up ... the clerk serves as the administrative arm of the county commission," said Patricia Hamilton, executive director of the association of counties.
Hamilton also said that among the counties that have a manager or administrator, the duties of the position can be very different.
"A few counties that I'm aware of, the major portion of the manager's duties is just grant writing or grant administration," Hamilton said. "The job description varies a lot."
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