Buckhannon city officials announced the hiring of a new treasurer and administrator, a move made after 15 months of searching.
Michael Doss, 32, was named to the position and will assume his new duties on May 2, said Buckhannon Mayor Kenneth Davidson. Doss comes to Buckhannon from Culver, Indiana, a town of 1,549 located in the northeastern section of the state where he was the city manager. Doss has also served in similar positions at Morgantown, North Carolina, and in Louisville, Ohio. Before that Doss had an internship in Elkins and Westover while finishing his studies.
Doss has degrees in both political science and criminal justice from Marshall University and a master's degree in public administration from West Virginia University. The city council voted to appoint Doss following an interview in executive session Feb. 25, Davidson said.
"His resume stood out because of his background and experience," Davidson said. "We believe he will be able to give us a different perspective on our budget than we have had in the past."
"I decided to come to Buckhannon for several reasons," Doss said. "Buckhannon is a progressive community with lots of potential. It is a chance for me to come back to West Virginia and make an impact."
Doss, who was raised in Huntington, is currently looking for housing in Buckhannon for his family of four.
The position of city treasurer had been vacant since the retirement of long-time city treasurer and recorder Nancy Shobe in December 2009. Since that time, assistant city recorder and acting treasurer Amberle Jenkins has filled the position.