Familiar Face to Return to EMS Role

Personnel changes took the spotlight at the Brooke County Commission meeting Tuesday, and among those changes means the return of a familiar face.

Bob Fowler recently retired as the director of the Brooke County Emergency Management Agency and Emergency Medical Services, and was replaced by his former deputy director, Andy Nickerson.

The commissioners read a request Tuesday from Nickerson asking that Fowler now be named his part-time deputy director at the agency. The request was approved and the two once again will be teaming up to run the agency.

County Clerk Kimberly Barbetta also let the commission know the state will be doing a financial audit for 2017 beginning Monday.

Additional hires for the county approved at the meeting include Amanda Meeker as a full-time dispatcher; Michelle Heaton as a full-time legal secretary; and Sarah DeLong as a full-time Tier I employee. A request from the Brooke County Public Library Board to appoint Linda J. Amos to the board was approved.

Circuit Court Clerk Glenda Brooks informed the group that Florence Long will be retiring effective Oct. 31.

The commission approved a budget transfer of $6,812.

Ruby Greathouse, director at the Brooke County Historical Museum and Culture Center, told the commission they have been able to locate Colleen (Finely) Cheek, the great-great-grandniece of Civil War soldier Pvt. John William Finely, but she said things are not looking so good for Pvt. James M. Callaway.

“At least we are working with one family,” she said. “We hit a roadblock because we learned (Callaway) and his wife had no children.”

Finely and Callaway will be receiving new headstones on their graves in the Brooke County Cemetery.

A dedication will be held for the stones at 10 a.m. Sept. 2 in the cemetery with a reception to follow at the museum. Anyone who has information about descendants of either soldier is asked to contact the museum at (304) 737-4060.

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