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Ohio County Administrator Candidates Narrowed Down to Four

Photo by Joselyn King Ohio County Commissioner Zach Abraham speaks during Tuesday’s meeting.

WHEELING — There are now four candidates in the running to be the next Ohio County administrator.

Wheeling Fire Chief Larry Helms withdrew his application after being told he didn’t meet the education requirements for the job as stated in the job posting. Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree, explained Commissioner Zach Abraham.

“We are being very strict on education requirements,” he said.

Helms is a graduate of the Ohio Diesel Technical Institute and the National Fire Academy, and is a trained paramedic.

Candidates still being considered for the job are current Ohio County Development Authority project director Randy Russell, and attorneys Ronald Musser of Wheeling, Owen Sullivan of Pittsburgh and Marshall County native Chris Ferro of Charleston.

Abraham said during Tuesday night’s commission meeting three of the candidates have been interviewed, with the fourth interview slated for today.

In another matter, Sheriff Tom Howard reported to commissioners that there had been “an issue with security” on Tuesday at the City-County Building regarding an unnamed Wheeling city councilman.

“He walked past security, and said he was a councilman and didn’t need to go through security,” Howard said. “My deputy was nice to him and let him go through, but he reported it to me.

“I’m going to talk to him (the councilman) tomorrow.”

Howard would not say which council member chose not to go through courthouse security.

Commissioners also approved a $5,000 request for a hotel-motel tax grant for the Mountain East Conference, who wishes to host its annual basketball tournament again in Wheeling.

The amount is for half the money requested in past years, as the conference plans to host a scaled-back tournament, Commission President Randy Wharton explained.

The commission will next meet at 6 p.m. on March 16.

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