KEYSER - The Keyser City Council voted following an hour-and-15-minute executive session Wednesday to hire two new city office employees.

By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser City Council voted following an hour-and-15-minute executive session Wednesday  to hire two new city office employees.
With mayor Damon Tillman absent for the special meeting called Wednesday, the council voted 3-1 to hire Bonnie Hannas as an accounts receivable/accounts payable clerk and recorder for city meetings.
They then voted 4-0 to hire Dawn D’Elisa as a part-time utility clerk assistant.
Council member Terry Liller did not vote since he was sitting in for the absent mayor.
Although Hannas’ name was mentioned during the disagreement last week that led to then city-clerk Brandi Paugh storming out of an executive session and leaving her job two days prior to her planned resignation, Hannas will not be replacing Paugh.
The council explained Wednesday that the duties Paugh once performed as city clerk have been redistributed to other employees in the city office, and that Hannas would only be handling accounts receivable and accounts payable, as well as keeping the minutes for council meetings.
Her rate of pay was not discussed; the motion made by council member William Zacot and seconded by Jennifer Junkins merely stated she would be hired “at the discussed rate of pay.”
The motion passed with council member Eric Murphy voting against. He later told the News Tribune he was uncomfortable with a situation where a husband and wife might find themselves working together.
According to city administrator Buck Eagle, however, the new position Hannas will fill would not bring her in direct contact with her husband, streets supervisor Jim Hannas.
As for the other position, D”elisa will be kept to 20 hours per week, and will be trained to accept utility payments in the city office.
Junkins had made the motion to hire her, and Zacot seconded it. There were no “nay” votes.
In another personnel action, Junkins made a motion to remove the code enforcement duties from city employee Bobby Pritts and to advertise for the position as a 40-hour-per-month code enforcement officer at $10 per hour.
Murphy seconded the motion, which passed 4-0.