WEST UNION, W.Va. (AP) — The Doddridge County Clerk's Office has changed the way it handles extended hours following a state audit and an ethics ruling.
The clerk's office has extended its hours for several years to handle an increase in oil and gas industry representatives researching land records.
The Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/1h43eNa ) says recent state audit found that an outside party in the industry paid overtime for clerk's office employees who worked these extended hours.
County Commissioner Greg Robinson says the county changed the overtime arrangement following a West Virginia Ethics Commission ruling involving Tyler County. The ruling said extended hours are legal but the county commission or clerk can't bill for the overtime.
Robinson says the county now pays the overtime with money donated to the commission by oil and gas companies.
Information from: The Exponent Telegram, http://www.cpubco.com