KEYSER - Richard Lechliter, elected Monday to serve another year as president of the Mineral County Commission, plans to focus on several goals over the coming year, including maintaining a balanced budget, improving court safety, increasing and expanding law enforcement in the sheriff's office, and working with the development authority on job retention and expansion.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Richard Lechliter, elected Monday to serve another year as president of the Mineral County Commission, plans to focus on several goals over the coming year, including maintaining a balanced budget, improving court safety,  increasing and expanding law enforcement in the sheriff’s office, and working with the development authority on job retention and expansion.
Lechliter, a Republican, was first elected president of the commission in January 2014, following the county’s tradition of elevating the senior member to the top position for the last two years of his or her term.
His term comes to an end this year.
After being nominated to continue as president by Roger Leatherman and seconded by Jerry Whisner, Lechliter presented his fellow commissioners with the following list of goals for 2016:
 - A slightly larger budget to wisely balance;
 - Continuing paying down the jail bill and reaching on-time payments by July;
 - Creating a fair step pay model for senior employees’
 - Continuing to develop better communication for Emergency Services;
 - Increasing security at the courthouse;
 - Evaluating different plans for courthouse and/or annex expansion;
 - Expanding the sheriff’s department;
 - Supporting the development authority in job retention and expansion;
 - Supporting the promotion of Mineral County for tourism and home settling;
 - Exploring ways to expand broadband and cell service;
 - Continuing efforts to expand water and sewer systems;
 - Working with the state to keep the county’s roads in shape;
 - Helping citizens to improve their health and recreational activities; and
 - Encouraging the Mineral County Board of Education and Potomac State College to prepare our young people for today’s jobs worldwide, as well as positions to stay local.
Lechliter admitted that the list includes “quite a lot of things to look at,” but each and every item is important in helping the county to move forward.
The next regular meeting of the Mineral County Commission is set for Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 9:30 a.m. in the commission room at the courthouse.