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Keeley threatens resignation over department procedures

by Paul Darst

STAFF WRITER

During his time as a Harrison County commissioner, Thomas Keeley has served on a lot of boards.

But he soon might have one fewer on his schedule. Keeley said Friday he will resign as a member of the Harrison County Board of Health unless the department undergoes some changes.

"I brought my concerns to the attention of the county commission because I don't want to be part of this board any more," Keeley said. "Roger (Diaz) and Beth (Taylor) asked me to stay on, so I will.

"But unless we (the Board of Health) get our act together, I will quit as a board member."

Keeley voiced his troubles during an emergency meeting of the board that was called to find a new home for the department.

The department must move from the Harrison County Courthouse by March 31 to make room for a new circuit court judge.

But no action was taken on the move because of procedural problems, which added to Keeley's contention that the department needs changes.

"Changes need to be made or I will not be part of this board," he said. "If someone wants to replace me, fine."

State law requires that one county commissioner serve on the board of health. Clarksburg's city manager is also an automatic member.

Keeley is not sure what would happen if he resigned from the position, and no other commissioner replaced him.

"We would have to get a legal opinion on that," he said.

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