West Virginia Association of Counties Meeting

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From drugs to budgets, a lot of issues these days for West Virginia's counties.

And representatives for several of them are talking about them this week in Parkersburg.

The West Virginia Association of Counties holds quarterly meetings each year to discuss ongoing concerns.

Its spring meeting is taking place this week at the Blennerhassett Hotel.

The counties association is made up of six different groups representing, among others, county sheriffs and commissioners.

Its goal is to work together, even as groups representing different interests, to solve problems common to all of the state's 55 counties.

"And we have found that if we corporately work on matters, we make more headway than just me as the Sheriff of Cabell County wanting certain legislation to pass," says Tom McComas, Cabell County Sheriff. "It's a whole lot more and powerful if it comes from 55 sheriffs just like the other elected office holders."

Monday Wood County Commissioner Blair Couch discussed the county's day report program, and the association's president updated members on efforts to persuade state lawmakers to approve a pay raise for county elected officials.

This meeting began on a day when Wood County got an update on its health coverage for county employees.

The county's insurance agent suggested to the commission that, with costs continuing to rise, employee payments into the system increase as well.


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