Greenbrier County Commission names Donald Havens as new director of Homeland Security, approves temporary relocation of Probation Office

By Matthew Young, RealWV

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – The Greenbrier County Commission, on Tuesday, unanimously approved the hiring of Donald Havens to serve as the county’s new Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 

“Your resume was quite impressive, and we appreciate you being here,” Commissioner Lowell Rose said. 

Commission President Tammy Tincher echoed Rose’s sentiment, adding, “We had a wonderful interview. Your qualifications and energy are very welcome.”

The position of director had been vacant since the July 14 resignation of Mike Honaker. Deputy Director Paula Brown had been acting as director in an interim capacity since that time.

In other business, the commission reviewed the two bids received for the “milling and trimming of an eight-mile section for Phase 1 of the Meadow River Rail Trail.” 

The first bid, submitted by Willis Weed Whackers, was in the amount of $7,000. The second bid, submitted by Ike’s Blades of Glory, came in at $24,500. Both businesses are located in Rainelle. The bids will now be reviewed by Project Manager Matt Ford, and the final award decision will be announced at a later date. 

Next, commissioners approved a $500 monthly-expenditure for “an agreement with Clayton Enterprises for the provision of monthly financial services to the county clerk.”

As explained by Tincher, “Currently our reconciliation is being done at the end of the year. […] This would be preparing everything monthly in order for us to meet our requirements for audit.”

Tincher further explained that, under the terms of the agreement, Clayton Enterprises will “analyze financial records, reconcile records, and bring forth our balances for the final reconciliation for the year for auditing.” 

The day’s final points of business were the approvals of both a temporary-relocation site for the Greenbrier County Probation Office, and extension of the lease for the current Family Court location. 

“We are beginning Phase 2 of the construction of the courthouse,” Tincher said. “Probation is going to have to relocate for a period of time while Phase 2 is occurring.”

According to Tincher, the temporary site of the county’s Probation Office will be 765 Jefferson Street S., in close proximity to the Family Court’s current location. County Attorney Britt Ludwig will now review the leases for final recommendation.

The Greenbrier County Commission will next meet on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m.


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