Upshur County Clerk Carol Smith administers the oath of office to new 2020 commission president Terry Cutright at Thursday's commission meeting.

Terry Cutright tapped as commission president for 2020

BUCKHANNON – The Upshur County Commission elected commissioner Terry Cutright president of the commission for the 2020 calendar year.

The vote took place at Thursday’s Upshur County Commission meeting where commissioner Kristie Tenney made the motion to elect Cutright to the position and 2019 commission president Sam Nolte seconded the motion.

“I’ve been president for the last two years, and every year it comes up for a vote on who wants to be president, and it’s not a rule but typically it rotates every two years,” Nolte said. “You can serve multiple years if you choose to, but it’s nice to give everyone a chance to be president.”

Cutright took the oath of office at the Jan. 9 meeting, commencing his presidency for the 2020 year.

“This is my second time as president of the Commission, and I thought a year was too quick for Kristie to take it,” Cutright said. “Sam’s already had it for two years, so we figured it was time for me to take it again.”

Tenney was elected to the commission in 2018 and began her term Jan. 1, 2019, while Cutright has served since 2015, having been elected in 2014. Commission terms are six years.

After his oath of office Cutright also announced his intention to run for re-election.

“I would also like to announce that I am going to run for re-election,” Cutright said. “I enjoy the job, and I’ve got a few more things I’d like to work on, and I’ve really enjoyed the work.” Cutright must file this month for the commission seat.

In other Upshur County Commission news:

  • The commission voted to change the courthouse hours to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. effective Feb. 1 with employees receiving a half an hour paid lunch. Until then, the hours will remain the same at 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The commission also voted to keep the Upshur County Commission meetings at the same time and place at the Upshur County Courthouse annex, every Thursday at 9 a.m., with occasional cancellations.

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