CHARLES TOWN, W.Va.—Paul Shroyer, a retired West Virginia state auditor who spent 17 years auditing county books, has been hired by the Jefferson County Commissioners to keep the county's finances on track.
Shroyer, 69, of Grafton, W.Va., was selected from a field of 13 applicants.
He begins his $75,000-a-year-job as director of financial management Nov. 14.
"This is a specialized position," County Administrator Tim Boyde said.
After 17 years as a state auditor, Shroyer has an understanding of the county budgetary process, Boyde said.
"He can devote a good deal of attention of the day-to-day operations, how we spend our money and how we can become more cost effective," Boyde said. "It's a complex process and no one has ever focused on that.
"He will also help to enhance our capital planning process."
Jefferson County's annual budget is around $22 million. It has about 175 employees, Boyde said.
Shroyer said in a telephone interview Wednesday that he is familiar with the county budgeting process and is looking forward to his new position.
Since his retirement, he has been a consultant in his field and is currently doing some work for Berkeley County.