Paul Zuros was named County Administrator on a 3-0 at Thursday’s regular meeting of the Hancock County Commission.  A Weirton native, Zuros is currently Executive Director of Historic Fort Steuben.

        David Wiley  whose nomination for County Administrator/IT Director by Commissioner Jeff Davis was voted down when Commissioners Eron Chek and Paul Cowey voted in the negative at a special Commission meeting last week addressed the Commission during the public comment period.     Chek said she had learned after the interview that Wiley’s wife worked in a business owned by Davis.   The West Virginia Ethics Commission ruled that Wiley’s wife’s employment did not constitute a conflict of interest.

      Wiley  said he had a 45-minute interview during which his qualifications were discussed and he subsequently received a telephone call offering him the position.  He accepted the job only to receive a telephone call (from Chek) questioning the fact that his wife worked for a business owned by Davis.

      Wiley was only employed by Davis 7 to 10 hours per week and observed he had been a close friend of Davis his entire life.

     Jackie Huff, administrator of the Hancock County Health Department,  told Commissioners the Department’s new facility is under roof and slated to open December 1st.     Commissioners approved Huff’s request for an additional  $562,000.00  to fund the remainder of the construction.

In other business the Commission:

**Accepted a bid for the 3-way radio upgrade from Lauttamus Communication;

**Approved a letter of support for the for the BHJ-MPC funding for the 2022 Reconnecting of Communities Pilot Discretionary Grant Program;

**Approved a contract with Fuscardo Concrete for the Gas Valley Pavillion;

**Granted approval to advertise for the Deputy Clerk position in the County Clerk’s office;