KEYSER - One of the several citizens having appointments with the Mineral County Commission during the regular meeting Tuesday had a concern about raises for county employees.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - One of the several citizens having appointments with the Mineral County Commission during the regular meeting Tuesday had a concern about raises for county employees.
Mary Lou Smith, a courthouse employee, presented a letter to the commissioners as a formal request for a raise in salary for “all current employees apart from the two employees that have already been awarded the raise.”
Saying to the commissioners that she had no ill will against them, she said she wanted them to know, “You work for me, not friends and family.”
Smith said that the two employees, whom she did not name, were each awarded a $4,000 raise, with both being fairly being new to the county workers list, and, “The current employees were not considered.”
“All county employees should be treated fairly and equitably,” she said, adding that for the past 12 years, the present employees have only received regular raises.
Dr. Richard Lechliter, president of the commission, said the two new employees were in “managerial positions,” and in the long run, “We are saving money,” due to lower pay rate given to the two when hired.
Commissioner Roger Leatherman said to Smith, “I would love to give you a raise,” with Smith responding, “Then give us one.”
Leatherman said, “There is a difference between giving a raise to two than 92.”
Smith suggested the commissioners read the employee handbook, particularly the part dealing with “ethical standards.”
“Please remedy this gross injustice and award equal pay raises,” to all the deserving employees, Smith said in her communication to the commissioners, and she wanted the effective date to be July 1, 2017.
She ended her appointment time with a quote, saying what is a true test of character, and it is, “What you do when you think no one is looking.”