The County Commission is the governing body of each county. Fifty-four counties elect three member commissions while Jefferson County is the only one with a five-member commission. One Commissioner must reside in each of the three Magisterial Districts — Eastern, Central and Western; however they are elected by all voters county wide. Commissioners hold their office for a term of six years and one Commissioner is elected every two years. In January, they choose one of their members to serve as President. Their salary is set by the State Legislature in the West Virginia Code according to the size (class) of the County.
Monongalia County is a Class I county, therefore each Commissioner is paid $41,396 per year.
County Commissioners, by law, must be bonded with an amount not less than $20,000 nor more than $200,000.
Eldon A. Callen serves as the representative of the Central District which means he is from the general area of the City of Morgantown. His first term began on January 1 of 2011. Commissioner Callen is a local attorney outside of his duties as Commissioner. He serves on various boards.
Tom Bloom was elected as the Commissioner representing the Western District, meaning he resides to the west of the City of Morgantown. His first term began on January 1, 2013. Mr. Bloom is associated with the Monongalia County Board of Education as a coach of the girl's tennis team. He serves on many boards and authorities as a Commissioner and an individual.
Dr. Edward A. Hawkins serves as the representative of the Eastern Magisterial District. He resides in the area east of the City of Morgantown. Dr. Hawkins was first elected to serve a term beginning on January 1, 2015. He is a retired dentist after 40 years with the Morgantown Dental Group. Ed serves on various boards both individually and as a Commissioner.
The Commission is considered to be the employer of all county employees even those hired by another elected official. All employees are to be brought before the County Commission during a regular meeting for formal approval.
A small administrative staff works directly under the County Commission:
Rennetta McClure is the Commission’s County Administrator. She has been employed by the county since 1995.
Ms. McClure is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Monongalia County government. Any directions and decisions made by the Commission are carried out by the Administrator. She determines the agendas for meetings and acts as a facilitator for weekly and special meetings and generally prepares material for the Commission to review. The Administrator also reviews all correspondence directed to the Commission in general and prepares the appropriate response. Ms. McClure also responds to telephone calls and office visits from the public, department heads, and County employees. She also prepares a draft budget for review and approval of the Commission.
Bob Doyle, Director of Facilities, has been with the Commission since 1990.
Mr. Doyle is responsible for all county owned buildings and grounds. Bob and his staff of seven provide general maintenance but also are skilled at general construction for larger projects. He serves as the manager and overseer of the County’s Motor Pool, the Canine Adoption Center and the Litter Control Office.
Collene Coon is the Commission's Secretary and Grant Coordinator. She has been employed by the county since April 2015.
Ms. Coon greets the public and answers the majority of all the phone calls that the Commission receives. In February and October, she acts as the liaison for the Commission to the Assessor's Office during the Board of Review and Equalization. In addition to many other duties, Collene also administers all of the Federal, State, and Local grants that the Commission receives or that it acts as a pass-thru for other agencies. She finalizes the grant applications, prepares the monthly reimbursement requests, and completes the required reporting.