Speaking of DHHR, acting Secretary Rocco Fucillo was served with the complaints in the defamation suits filed by DHHR attorneys Susan Perry and Jennifer Taylor on Wednesday.
His deadline to respond is, wouldn't you know, Nov. 6 ...
I was barraged with frantic calls Friday from state employees who hadn't received their paychecks (which should have been postmarked Oct. 15).
Turns out human error was to blame, according to Assistant State Treasurer Danny Ellis.
One of the payroll clerks failed to set out one box of paychecks for postal pick-up and didn't notice the oversight for three days. About 800 checks, for employees of several different state agencies, ended up being postmarked Oct. 18. (Could be a good opportunity to promote direct deposit for those few state employees who don't use it.)
Speaking of the treasurer's office, I'm not sure why Treasurer John Perdue has so much trouble remembering how many local government specialists he has on staff ... after all, I've written about them numerous times, most recently in February 2011.
At that time Perdue had 23 LGSs, with 20 full-time, whose salaries ranged from $38,724 to $79,402.
The latest count is that the LGSs on staff are up to 26, with full-time salaries ranging from $32,000 to $79,500.
The position of local government specialist dates back to 1997, shortly after Perdue first took office as state treasurer.
Finally, regarding the bus day tours to The Greenbrier casino, one reader suggested that seems completely incongruous with the resort's ongoing efforts to regain its fifth star in the Mobile Travel Guide.
Likewise, he speculated that hotel guests paying $400 a night probably wouldn't be too keen to learn that the tour bus guests are paying something like Shoney's prices for their buffet lunch.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.