KEYSER - The Mineral County Courthouse will in the future have a slight reduction of operational time, and the beginning of this change will not start until a prior notice is given to the public.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The Mineral County Courthouse will in the future have a slight reduction of operational time, and the beginning of this change will not start until a prior notice is given to the public.
County clerk Lauren Ellifritz asked during the Mineral County Commission meeting on Tuesday afternoon for approval for a modification in the closing time for the courthouse.
She said that during a 30-minute timeframe there is no security at the courthouse, with a suggestion to have the operational hours be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., instead of the present end of the business day being at 5 p.m.
Ellifritz said, “Very few of the public come into the offices” after 4:30 p.m., and she mentioned the Magistrate’s Court now has a closing time of 4:30 p.m.
She added when the change goes into effect, “No hours will be cut for employees,” noting that courthouse offices remain open during the lunchtime hours.
“A notice will go out to the public,” Ellifritz said, and that several weeks will be needed to complete the time change process.
She mentioned that the possible date for the time change could be on May 1, and that would allow for “time to get public feedback.”
In other business, Luke McKenzie, director of the Mineral County Office of Emergency Management, received approval from the commission to begin the interview process on April 6 to fill the position of an emergency management coordinator.
McKenzie said there were around 10 applicants for this position, and as was decided in a previous county commission meeting the salary for the coordinator will start at $24,700.
Barbara Sutton held this position until her retirement within the last year, and her replacement recently left that office at the 911 Center.
McKenzie had said that a backup was needed for him when necessary.