KEYSER - Commissioner Roger Leatherman was selected to serve as president of the Mineral County Commission during a special meeting of the agency on Wednesday morning.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Commissioner Roger Leatherman was selected to serve as president of the Mineral County Commission during a special meeting of the agency on Wednesday morning.
This will be his first term serving as president since his election as county commissioner in 2014, and he replaces Jerry Whisner, whose term as president expired on Dec. 31.
Leatherman first received his oath of office for commissioner in late December 2014, and officially took office on Jan. 1, 2015.
He said that during the special meeting Wednesday, there were no committee changes among the three commissioners and each will continue to serve in the same capacity as previously appointed.
Leatherman said that he feels the three commissioners will continue to work together for the betterment of the county, and he added about Whisner, Richard Lechliter, and himself, “This is not a one-man show; we are a team.”
Leatherman said that a discussion during the Wednesday meeting dealt with future plans for the commission, with the “biggest goal” of having a remodel of the second floor of the Judicial Annex to have the county courtroom be situated in that space.
He also said that once an update is completed, several offices, naming the prosecuting attorney and circuit clerk, may be moved to other areas, where additional space could be utilized.
Saying that an engineer has looked over the annex, Leatherman said that in the future, remolding plans will be presented to the commission.
“Money is an issue,” he said, however, “Things are starting to come together.”
Leatherman mentioned one more item of discussion during the special meeting and that was the consolidation of the several Public Service Districts in Mineral County.
He said the state is moving toward have only one PSD per each of the 55 counties.
Speaking of the consolidation, Leatherman said, “This will not happen any time soon.”
Also, two new board members were appointed on Wednesday morning to fill the vacancies at the New Creek PSD, and they were Melissa Rotruck and Luke Hoover.