(09/09/2009)
The Wirt County Commission is having a special meeting this Friday, Sept. 11, to reportedly review issues related to the county employment handbook.

It was unclear if the meeting is linked to an ongoing investigation of conduct in the county administration.

Sept. 1, 2009 - First reported by the Herald on August 22, a Parkersburg paper is reporting today that Wirt County Circuit Court Judge Bob Waters has confirmed there is an on-going investigation in Wirt County.

"No charges have been filed...Right now, they are in the investigation stage," he said.

Roane County prosecuting attorney Josh Downey has been appointed special prosecutor in the matter.

Wirt County Commission President Charles Murray confirmed there was an investigation.

The Herald reported earlier that Wirt County officials remain tight-lipped about problems that have reportedly surfaced with one or more elected county officials.

Murray told the Herald, "Details will come out in a few days. That's all I can say."

Prosecutor Leslie Maze, in responding to a public information request from the Herald, denied the request questions, but did say, "My office does not possess any writings pertaining to your request that have not been ordered to be kept confidential by the Honorable Robert A. Waters, Judge of the Circuit Court of Wirt County."

The West Virginia State Police are involved in the investigation, reportedly after meeting with county commissioners during an executive session.


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