CHARLESTON, W.Va. --- A meeting between candidates running for Putnam County assessor got lively Thursday when accusations of favoritism after the 2008 election were mentioned.
During a meeting with Gazette editors Thursday, D.W. "Peachie" Arthur, who served as Putnam's assessor from 1997 through 2008, accused incumbent Sherry Troyer Hayes of playing favorites with employees who supported her in the last election.
Hayes, a Republican, who worked under Arthur, a Democrat, during his tenure and about eight years prior, ousted him during the 2008 election by about 200 votes. Reports at the time described tension in the office while both ran for the position.
Arthur said Hayes, both of Hurricane, had given certain employees with the same skill sets higher pay raises than others.
"I don't show favoritism. I just gave good evaluations to everybody," Hayes said. "I treat everyone fair."
Hayes admitted that some pay raises might differ because different employees have more responsibilities than others.
"You can't pay everyone the same," she said.
If voted back into his old office, Arthur said, he'd provide more equal pay for employees, cut down on spending and be more available for taxpayers.
"Cellphones weren't needed; there are radios in the Jeeps," Arthur said, about phones Hayes purchased.