KEYSER - The first order of business for the Mineral County Commission in the new year is the search for a new parks and recreation director.

By Liz Beavers
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Tribune Managing Editor
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KEYSER - The first order of business for the Mineral County Commission in the new year is the search for a new parks and recreation director.
Rex Riffle, who has held the job for many years, retired as of Friday, Dec. 30, opening up the third major non-elected position in the county in the past three months due to retirements.
The commissioners appointed Luke McKenzie as the new director of the Office of Emergency Management in November, following the retirement of Bill Hentosh, and Drew Brubaker as the new county coordinator in December, following the retirement of Mike Bland.
This week, commission president Richard Lechliter said the commissioners had agreed to change the scope of Riffle’s job a bit to include management of all county-owned properties.
While Riffle oversaw the property at Larenim Park and the cabins at Barnum, Lechliter said the new person would also oversee the property needs at the courthouse, judicial annex and all county-owned buildings.
“Rex, in reality, already did some of that,” he said.
Lechliter said Wetzel County in West Virginia has a similar arrangement, and that it seems to be working well.
He also noted that the members of the Parks and Recreation Board “want to get moving and be a part of the interview process” for the new hire.
Commissioner Jerry Whisner therefore made a motion to advertise the dual position, and Roger Leatherman seconded it.
The advertisement has been running in the News Tribune, and deadline to submit an application is Monday, Jan. 23.