Upshur County Commission members approved the hiring of a new animal control officer during Thursday's meeting.
Patti Jo Gum was chosen from the more than 30 applicants for the job. She will begin her duties Nov. 13 and will be paid $9 per hour.
In other matters, the commissioners set an Oct. 25 moratorium that will expire Jan. 1, 2015, for any name changes to county roads. The moratorium will allow for the road-mapping project to be finalized, and County Administrator Willie Parker said the addressing and mapping crews are in the final stages of the project.
The commissioners also accepted the resignation of Jamie Queen as the worthless check clerk in the magistrate's office.
Approved as early voting clerks were Beatrice Adams, Irene Andrew, Nelda Light, Thanna Wentz, Judith Miles, Catherine Frye, Beulah Riffle, Margaret Neely, Philip Murphy, Betty Heavner, James Vance, Catherine Vance and Janet Kay Wilson. The temporary positions will be paid $7.25 per hour and will end Nov. 3.
The commissioners also agreed to provide payroll services for a temporary substance abuse prevention employee, who is being paid for through a 13-county grant. The $10,125 grant will run for nine months. Fifty percent of the grant can be used for personnel, and the remainder will cover programming costs.