Kelly to begin Washington County EMA post on March 9
MARIETTA — The new director of Washington County’s Emergency Management Agency will begin his duties next month, according to the Washington County commissioners who unanimously approved the hiring of Williamstown resident Glen Kelly to fill the EMA post Thursday.
“His start date will be March 9,” said Commissioner Ron Feathers. “He’s a native of West Virginia and has lived in Williamstown since 2001.”
Kelly’s annual salary will be $38,614, and Feathers said the 35-year military veteran will not require medical benefits from the county.
“He could really be considered over-qualified,” Feathers said, noting Kelly is serving as interim city manager for the city of Morgantown, but brings a wealth of experience to the county EMA job.
He said Kelly has worked with several West Virginia governors, and was involved with federal recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.
“He has a master’s degree in communication and holds a bachelor’s in business,” Feathers said, adding that Kelly has served with U.S. Army Special Forces.
In a recent email Kelly said prior to his current post in Morgantown he served with the Joint IED (improvised explosive device) Defeat Organization, Office of the Secretary of Defense in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
During his military service he had deployments to Iraq, Africa and Europe, and was unable to spend much time back home.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to move back to my home to live after many years,” Kelly wrote. “I moved my family to Williamstown in 2001. My wife has continued to live here, and my son, who is now an Army 1st lieutenant, is a Williamstown High School graduate.”
The commissioners received at least 12 resumes for the job after former EMA director Jeff Lauer resigned in January. His assistant, Lori Price, is acting as interim EMA director.
Feathers said Price will go back to her part-time post as assistant to the director when Kelly takes over.
Also on Thursday the commissioners consulted county assistant prosecutor Alison Cauthorn about billing for the lease of nine state-owned MARCS towers to TowerLink, a local Internet provider.
The towers were originally leased in 2013 by Smart Networks, an Internet provider approved by the previous county commission to contract with the state for the tower rentals.
Smart Networks later became known as TowerLink, which now provides the service to rural areas of Washington County.
In past years commission clerk Rick Peoples has sent an invoice to a Marietta post office box for payment of the $9,600-a-year lease from TowerLink.
“But that post office box address is no longer active,” Peoples said, noting that the invoice he recently mailed to the address was returned to the county undelivered.
He said a Fleming address is listed by the company for customer billing, but Peoples did not know if that’s where the county should send the tower lease invoice.
Cauthorn recommended the commissioners send a letter of inquiry to the Fleming address and ask about the connection to TowerLink.
Commissioner David White noted the company may be operating under new ownership.
Peoples said the lease payment is due by April 30.