CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — The Jefferson County Commission has failed to do business for a sixth straight scheduled meeting for lack of a quorum.
The five-member commission, which currently only four members, has been embroiled in a dispute about what should or shouldn’t be on the agenda for consideration including the appointment of a fifth member. The commission hasn’t had a quorum since Sept. 7.
Commissioners Jennifer Krouse and Tricia Jackson didn’t show up again for Thursday’s meeting. They are in a dispute with Jefferson County Commission President Steve Stolipher.
West Virginia Secretary of State General Counsel Deak Kersey has said the commission is violating the law in delaying the filling of the empty seat.
“Whatever compromises need to happen, make them—because you have a duty to appoint,” Kersey said, according to the Spirit of Jefferson newspaper. “And just saying we’re going to wait until the next election, that’s not what the code says. It says you shall appoint. It’s a duty.”
Without a quorum, the commission can’t legally meet and approve regular business items.
The commission’s next regular meeting is set for Nov. 16.