PHILIPPI - After 26 years on the job, Barbour County Administrator Chuck Foley has announced his plans to retire.
Foley publicly voiced his retirement intentions at a Barbour County Commission meeting Monday, following an executive session for personnel matters. His last day on the job will be Feb. 15, but he will remain on payroll until March while claiming his vacation benefits.
Foley began his employment at the Barbour County Courthouse in February1988.
Foley said he has no definite plans for the future.
"I don't have any immediate plans," Foley said. "I'm just going to relax."
The Barbour County Commission announced it will soon advertise for the position to allow potential candidates to begin the application process.
"Chuck, he's done a good job," Commissioner Phil Hart said. "He's going to be greatly missed."
Although the commissioners will search for a qualified candidate to step in, Foley has been a one-of-a-kind administrator, they said.
"We won't be able to replace him," Commission President Jedd Schola said.
County Clerk Macel Auvil joked that she was going to try to keep Foley around for another three years.
"Macel, you're just lucky you got the last two (years)," Schola told Auvil with a smile.
Foley had been planning to retire earlier, but opted to remain on the job for another two years.
The next Barbour County Commission meeting will take place at 6:30 a.m., Jan. 2, at the Barbour County Courthouse. It will be a regular meeting during which commissioners will elect the 2014 commission president. Schola is currently president, while Hart served as president in 2012.
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