MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley Commission covered a lot of ground during its regular meeting held Thursday, December 14th. Our Al Gaige covered that meeting for the Panhandle News Network and brought some of the highlights.

Following this week’s guilty plea to one misdemeanor count of obstruction  by Berkeley County Sheriff Nathan Harmon, the County Commission is looking into finding his replacement.  Part of Sheriff Harmon’s plea deal requires his resignation, which will be effective December 26th.

Commission President Jim Whitacre outlined next steps:

Ultimately the new sheriff should be sworn in by the middle of January.

Berkeley County Economic Development Director Jennifer Smith discussed TIFs (Tax Increment Financing Districts) in the county.

The Commission approved both resolutions.

Gary Wine, County Administrator explained about an upcoming expansion of the Judicial system for the County.

The Commission approved looking into reusing the old jail to accommodate the expansion.
Wine also proposed the 2024 Holiday Schedule:

The Commission approved the Schedule.

The Commission also heard from Tom Guilliams, Supervisor for Voter’s Registration about changes for precincts for the upcoming election.

The Commission approved the proposed map.

Jeff Mauzy, Deputy Legal Director, discussed the Revised Subdivision Ordinance.

The Commission will hold a public workshop to further discuss the ordinance in January.