© 2021 West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Telling West Virginia's Story
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Petition Seeks Removal of Nicholas Commissioners

Nicholas County
Tim Kiser (User: Malepheasant)
wikimedia Commons

  A three-judge panel has been appointed to hear a petition seeking the removal of all three Nicholas County commissioners.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis named Senior Status Judge Frank E. Jolliffe, Monongalia County Circuit Judge Philip D. Gaujot and Third Judicial Circuit Judge Timothy L. Sweeney to hear the petition.

The State Journal reports that the petition alleges the commissioners illegally changed the form of county government and violated the state's open government laws when they hired Roger Beverage as county manager.

Commissioner John Miller denied wrongdoing on the part of the commissioners.

The commission is appealing a judge's ruling that Beverage's hiring violated the West Virginia Constitution. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by residents who claim the commission hired Beverage without public discussion.

WVPB is local news, education, music, and entertainment for West Virginia.
Your donation today will help keep us strong and vital.