The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 9, 2013

Tolliver named Raleigh Commission president

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — The Raleigh County Commission named Dave Tolliver as its new president Tuesday  and he said he’s excited to get started.

“To my knowledge, this is the first time in Raleigh County history that two Republicans have been on the Raleigh County Commission,” Tolliver said.

He will serve alongside Democrat Pat Reed and newly elected commissioner Republican Linda K. Epling, who officially joined the commission for the first time Tuesday.

Tolliver was elected in 2010 and will fill the shoes of former president Democrat John Aliff, who decided against seeking re-election last year after a 12-year tenure to attend to his wife’s medical needs.

Tolliver said 2012 is history and he’s looking forward to 2013.

“We’re going to work on better communication and cooperation with the commissioners.”

He said he also plans to continue addressing Raleigh County infrastructure, particularly water and sewer.

Also at the meeting, the commission approved Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller’s request to hire an investigator for her office.

Amy Persinger was also approved as a new employee for the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department.

Tolliver said the security system at the old courthouse will be taken out Friday and put into storage, as that building now currently houses the clerk, assessor and prosecutor’s offices.

He said one full-time security guard will remain on site, but there was simply no need for the full security system since the judicial annex is open.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com