(12/15/2002)
David Satterfield's appointment to a $175,000 dollar job as the state's top economic development office raised eyebrows last year.

Now the group that hired Satterfield as executive director of the West Virginia Development Office says he deserves a $25,000 dollar bonus for his performance.

A personnel committee of the public-private Council for Community and Economic Development voted unanimously yesterday to give the bonus, although the full 19-member council will make the final decision on January 6th.

Meanwhile, Gov. Bob Wise is asking agencies to cut their budgets 3.4 percent with another 10% on July 1, 2003.

The agency has been criticized in the past for giving "secret bonuses" for exemplary performance, when jobs have been leaving the state faster than they can be replaced, with the state near the bottom in nearly all economic indicators.

Satterfield, a former WVU professor, lacks business credentials, having degrees in music.

Gale Given, the committee's chair, says the award is based on Satterfield's "outstanding" performance in several areas, including retaining jobs in West Virginia.


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