Berkeley County Council voted unanimously to fully fund an IT position that had been subsidized by the WorkForce West Virginia Employee Subsidy Program since January 2012.
Council voted unanimously to increase the county IT Department’s budget for 2013-14 by $48,000, the salary amount for the information technology analyst position. The county also agreed to absorb the cost of the salary for the remaining months of the current budget year, which ends June 30.
The county had previously budgeted the benefits for the job as part of a one-year agreement with the state subsidy program that expires Jan. 31.
County Council member Douglas E. Copenhaver Jr. said the IT Department Director Gary Wine’s request to make the position permanent was justified in that the department does “a tremendous amount of work for all county officials.”
Wine said in a letter to County Council that the IT analyst position has assumed “a pivotal role in daily work flow” given the demands on the department and current work volume.
Last fall, County Council eliminated a full-time geographic information system position after officials determined the work volume didn’t warrant the position, which was being funded with 911 fee revenue. In addition to the reduction in force, the county assumed responsibility of address collection and mapping and eliminated an outside contract with MSAG Data Consultants, Wine said.
- Matthew Umstead