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Upshur County Clerk Carol Smith, at right, swears in Kristie Tenney as commission president at Thursday's commission meeting. / Photo by Monica Zalaznik

Kristie Tenney to serve a second term as Upshur County Commission president

BUCKHANNON – The Upshur County Commission voted to appoint Kristie Tenney as commission president for a second year.

The Upshur County Commission met for their first 2022 meeting Jan. 6, where commissioner Sam Nolte nominated Tenney for another term and commissioner Terry Cutright agreed.

“Kristie has done a great job, and now she has a year under her belt, so I support the nomination,” Cutright said.

Tenney said she is looking forward to her next year in the position.

“It’s nice to be able to have that second year since you’ve had the first year to learn and had the opportunity to get your feet wet, so to speak,” Tenney said. “In that second year, you’re able to roll in and serve in a different capacity.”

Tenney said she was happy to continue working with her colleagues on upcoming projects.

“I work with a wonderful group of people; I feel very blessed to be able to serve and work with the group that I currently work with and I’m excited about the opportunity to be able to serve another year in this capacity,” Tenney said. “The commission has planned projects, as we always do, and I’m looking forward to seeing how those come to be throughout the year.”

Commissioners also voted to keep Upshur County Commission meetings scheduled every Thursday at 9 a.m., on the third floor of the Courthouse Annex, in Room 301. The Local Rules for commission meetings, procedures for registering to speak via the sign-in sheet, and the commission’s agenda format were all left unchanged. Agenda items, meeting presentations and appointments with the commission must be received by county administrator Carrie Wallace or assistant administrator Tabatha Perry by noon three days prior to each weekly meeting. To schedule an appointment or request that an item is placed on the agenda, contact Wallace or Perry at 304-472-0535.

Anyone who would simply like to address commissioners must register 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting, and comments should be limited to 15 minutes.

Additionally, the hours of operation for the Upshur County Courthouse, Annex and Administrative Annex, currently set from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, will remain the same. The 2022 holiday schedules and administrative closures will be determined by the state.

In other county news, the commission:

  • Approved a request from Donna Matthews to fill the unexpired term on the Upshur County Fire Board as community representative for the 1st Magisterial District.
  • Approved an advertisement stating the commission is looking to hire a new Upshur County Recreational Park Facilities Director. This is a full-time salaried position with benefits, and applications are due no later than Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

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