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The Chief Judge of a circuit has the authority to order an emergency closure of the courts in that circuit, including circuit courts, magistrate courts, circuit clerk’s offices, magistrate clerk’s offices, family courts, and probation offices. Any time off for court staff is not considered annual or sick leave. Magistrates are on a holiday/weekend schedule during the closure.

In some counties, although the courts are closed, other areas of the courthouses may remain open. In other counties, both courts and entire courthouses are closed. For information on county offices not covered by the judicial orders (which cover only the judicial offices listed above), contact that county commission.

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We hit the road in early December for CCAWV’s Annual Regional Legislative Roundtables.  While we still have two meetings in January, the gatherings we have attended so far have been interesting and productive.  The first meeting, held at the Kanawha county courthouse, was very well-attended by county leaders and legislators alike.  As our meeting schedule took us to Doddridge, Summers, Harrison, Marshall, and Fayette counties, we were happy to meet many of the new legislators from each region.  We had lively conversations with them about CCAWV’s legislative priorities and got their perspectives on the upcoming legislative session.  With a massive gap in the state budget looming, this session promises to be a difficult one.  We emphasized over and over in these meetings how strained county budgets are, and repeated our legislative mantra ad nauseum:  No unfunded mandates, and definitely no roads!  We tried to explain how important it is to keep 911 funding in place (and hopefully, give counties some tools to increase revenue streams for 911 if needed). We also went around the room and asked commissioners to share their monthly regional jail bill.  Many legislators were shocked to hear just how much counties are paying.

We know that in February, lawmakers will be desperate to find ways to plug the budget gap. It is our hope that these meetings provide an opportunity for us to show legislators why we are so defensive of the scant county revenue sources currently in place.

We will be headed up to Elkins and Martinsburg next month to round out our schedule of roundtables.  We would really like to thank all the commissioners, staff, and lawmakers who joined us at the meetings so far.  A special thank you to the host counties! As always, as the legislative session draws near, please contact us with any ideas or comments.

On November 30th, newly elected and veteran commissioners from all corners of West Virginia gathered at the Bridgeport Best Western for CCAWV’s 2016 Basic Training.  Every election year, we offer this three day training as a primer, or refresher, for all county commissioners. The many responsibilities of being a commissioner can be daunting. With this training, we strive to prepare new commissioners for the many duties that await them when they are sworn in. 

This year’s training began with a welcome by Harrison County Commissioner and CCAWV Board Member Ron Watson.  CCAWV President Nancy Cartmill followed, telling new commissioners what they could expect when they are sworn into office.  CCAWV Executive Director Vivian Parsons took some time to explain the purposes and benefits of membership in our organization. After lunch, we delved a bit deeper.  Derek Knopp of the West Virginia Ethics Commission explained the Open Meetings Act.  Kelly Nix of the WVU Extension Service was up next to lighten things up with her interactive REAL Colors presentation.  It gave participants not only a deeper understanding of their own strengths, but how they can better work well with others.  Tim McCormick was up next to detail the many benefits of NACo membership, and parliamentarian and WV Delegate Roger Hanshaw closed the day with a lively and detailed explanation of parliamentary procedure.

The next day was equally immersive. The day started with an explanation of county finances by Ora Ash of the WV State Auditor’s Office. William A. “Willie” Parker was up next with an interactive exercise in the Uniform Budget Process, which took the process of creating a balanced budget from the theoretical to the practical.  After lunch, Mark Jeffries from Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC explained the intricacies of hiring, firing, and other personnel issues.  Steve Rawlings of WVCoRP followed by discussing some of the facets of risk management. Jim Copenhaver and Paul Bump of the Harrison County Emergency Services were up next to explain the role of emergency management personnel in the counties.  Dave Barton of the Shenandoah Valley Group rounded out the day by discussing insurance issues, and the unknown future of the Affordable Care Act. Friday morning, the last day of the training, began with an explanation of the Board of Equalization and featuring a representative from all of the other elected officials in the courthouse.  

Ernie Dennison of Nicholas County explained the role of the assessor. Harrison County Sheriff Al Marano was on hand to speak about the sheriff’s duties. Betsy Castle of Preston County spoke on behalf of the Circuit Clerks, and Cindy Rowan of Lewis County explained the job of the County Clerk.

It was a long couple of days filled with a dizzying amount of information.  CCAWV would like to thank everyone who attended and all of our amazing presenters. We look forward to seeing everyone at our Legislative Conference in February!

On November 30th, newly elected and veteran commissioners from all corners of West Virginia gathered at the Bridgeport Best Western for CCAWV’s 2016 Basic Training.  Every election year, we offer this three day training as a primer, or refresher, for all county commissioners. The many responsibilities of being a commissioner can be daunting. With this training, we strive to prepare new commissioners for the many duties that await them when they are sworn in. 

This year’s training began with a welcome by Harrison County Commissioner and CCAWV Board Member Ron Watson.  CCAWV President Nancy Cartmill followed, telling new commissioners what they could expect when they are sworn into office.  CCAWV Executive Director Vivian Parsons took some time to explain the purposes and benefits of membership in our organization. After lunch, we delved a bit deeper.  Derek Knopp of the West Virginia Ethics Commission explained the Open Meetings Act.  Kelly Nix of the WVU Extension Service was up next to lighten things up with her interactive REAL Colors presentation.  It gave participants not only a deeper understanding of their own strengths, but how they can better work well with others.  Tim McCormick was up next to detail the many benefits of NACo membership, and parliamentarian and WV Delegate Roger Hanshaw closed the day with a lively and detailed explanation of parliamentary procedure.

The next day was equally immersive. The day started with an explanation of county finances by Ora Ash of the WV State Auditor’s Office. William A. “Willie” Parker was up next with an interactive exercise in the Uniform Budget Process, which took the process of creating a balanced budget from the theoretical to the practical.  After lunch, Mark Jeffries from Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC explained the intricacies of hiring, firing, and other personnel issues.  Steve Rawlings of WVCoRP followed by discussing some of the facets of risk management. Jim Copenhaver and Paul Bump of the Harrison County Emergency Services were up next to explain the role of emergency management personnel in the counties.  Dave Barton of the Shenandoah Valley Group rounded out the day by discussing insurance issues, and the unknown future of the Affordable Care Act. Friday morning, the last day of the training, began with an explanation of the Board of Equalization and featuring a representative from all of the other elected officials in the courthouse.  

Ernie Dennison of Nicholas County explained the role of the assessor. Harrison County Sheriff Al Marano was on hand to speak about the sheriff’s duties. Betsy Castle of Preston County spoke on behalf of the Circuit Clerks, and Cindy Rowan of Lewis County explained the job of the County Clerk.

It was a long couple of days filled with a dizzying amount of information.  CCAWV would like to thank everyone who attended and all of our amazing presenters. We look forward to seeing everyone at our Legislative Conference in February!

In June, CCAWV held a series of regional trainings across the state. The free sessions covered a number of important human resource topics, as well as a legislative wrap-up and the unveiling of an exciting collaborative effort.

Vivian Parsons, CCAWV Executive Director, provided a summary of the 2015Legislative Session, highlighting legislation thatwill affect counties. Additionally, she outlinedimpending changes to PERS and providedinformation for upcoming webinars.

When the Fayette County Beautification Committee demolishes a dilapidated, abandoned structure, those living near the site often tell them of others in the area that should meet the same fate.

“Every time one goes down, we hear about one or two more that need to go,” said Angela Gerald, project director for the committee. “It really does look 100 percent better.”

The committee has been using one of the West Virginia Housing Development Fund’s signature programs for the last few years. To date, Gerald said her committee has razed 10 structures. Thanks to a bill passed during the 2015 Session of the West Virginia Legislature and signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, the program is evolving.

CCAWV’s annual conference and the State Auditor’s training is quickly approaching! This year, the conference will take place at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, August 9th through the 11th.

This year’s meeting theme is “Play Ball!” We encourage you to wear t-shirts or jerseys in support of your favorite team to the evening events.

Please plan to join us for our Sunday evening “Kickoff” reception, featuring special guest speaker Tony Caridi! We are excited to have Mr. Caridi, “the most recognizable sports voice” in West Virginia, join us! We couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to begin our program, and are thrilled he is able to join us.

The West Virginia Legislature has formed a Joint Select Committee on Tax Reform. The committee, co-chaired by Senator Mike Hall and Delegate Eric Nelson, began meeting in April and has held a number of public meetings since.

After receiving a thorough education on the history of taxes and tax reform in West Virginia, they listened to reports from an academic panel comprised of representatives from both WVU and Marshall’s Economic Research departments.

The discussion, which CCAWV has been following closely, recently turned to tax reform methodologies used by other states. The Committee has reviewed the highlights and pitfalls of neighboring states, and has examined West Virginia’s previous efforts at tax reform. In their efforts to “leave no stone unturned”, the June meeting will first feature a discussion on the mechanics of property taxes before it turns to county and municipal taxes. CCAWV has been invited to speak to the committee to discuss some of the concerns counties may have with tax reform, as well as discuss some of the fiscal challenges already facing many of West Virginia’s counties. Nancy Cartmill, CCAWV President and Cabell County Commissioner, and Jack David Woodrum, CCAWV Legislative Chairman and Summers County Commissioner will be representing the association at the meeting. We thank them for taking time from their busy schedules to stand up for counties! We will be following the work of the committee very closely in the coming months, and encourage Commissioners to do the same!

In June, CCAWV will be hosting a trio of regional training sessions across the state.

Training sessions are open to anyone interested in attending! There is no fee for CCAWV members, and only a $20 registration fee for attendees from a nonmember county. Light lunch will be provided. Some of the topics to be covered include:

Changes coming to PEIA – what do they mean for your employees and your county?

2015 Legislative Wrap-up –in brief, find out what happened during the recent legislative session and what counties should expect in the coming months.

The CCAWV Board of Directors and Legislative Committee convened in Martinsburg (Berkeley County) on Sunday, May 17th for their spring meeting. Berkeley County Council President, Doug Copenhaver, and council member Elaine Mauck were on hand to greet their fellow commissioners and welcome the group to lovely Berkeley County.

The spring meeting provides an opportunity to discuss the recently wrapped Legislative Session. CCAWV’s lobbyist, Steve Kominar, was there to give his prospective on the session and report on CCAWV’s legislative priorities.

To celebrate “County Government Month”, CCAWV has launched its annual essay contest. Held every April, we ask eighth grade students to write a 500 word essay describing how their county commission helps them in their daily lives. In previous years, some commissions have used this as an opportunity to engage their young community members. They have gone to schools and spoken about what they do. They’ve explained how some processes, like budgeting, which may seem abstract to an eighth grade mind, work to provide very tangible benefits to residents (like parks!).

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