Ralph

Whitman, WV

#1 Dec 14, 2011
Did anyone else see this in Monday's Gazette?

Kirkendollís

colorful financial disclosure

GOV. Earl Ray Tomblinís

appointment of Art Kirkendoll

to fill his vacant Senate seat has drawn some discontentment among constituents in the 7th Senatorial District.

One concern is that Kirkendoll, who did not seek re-election last year after 30 years of service as a Logan County commissioner, is in a position to triple-dip: his Senate salary ($20,000 base, plus at least 30 additional days of per-diems at $150 a day for $4,500, plus $131 a day in expenses), his county pension through the CPRB (about $21,400 a year), and his work as a paid consultant to the county commission (reportedly, at $4,000 per month.) Kirkendollís financial disclosure form filed with the Ethics Commission following his Senate appointment lists no regular employment, but two sources of income more than $1,000 ó his pension and fees as a consultant.

Coincidentally, Kirkendoll is one of the first public officials to file the new expanded disclosure form under ethics legislation passed in the 2011 regular session.

The new forms require disclosure of spousal income and financial interests, and disclosure of public-sector employment of any adult children.

In that category, Kirkendoll discloses that son Brian is employed by state Treasurer John Perdue, and by the city of Chapmanville (where he is a city councilman).

Brian Kirkendoll, whose state salary is $45,200, is part of the army of Local Government Specialists that Perdue has hired over the years.

Specialists with Logan County connections also include Alvis Porter Jr.,($41,808 salary), son of the retired circuit clerk.

And, of course, Perdueís deputy treasurer, Danny Ellis ($93,712 salary), is Kirkendollís successor on the Logan County Commission.

(Some suggest that Kirkendollís announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2010 was purposely timed just days before the candidate filing deadline to assure that Ellis would not face serious opposition in the primary.) Perdue hired Ellis in May 2010, resolving a dilemma for the then-commissioner candidate. At the time, Ellis was employed in a dual role as assistant secretary of transportation and business manager for the Division of Highways. The issue was that, under state law, highways employees are prohibited from running for any public office
Wesley

Charleston, WV

#2 Dec 14, 2011
The whole lot, including ERT, are so crooked they could fall into a barrell of fish hooks and come out without a scratch.

These crooks must be keeping the Feds happy or they would have been in trouble a long time ago.
Freddie

Summersville, WV

#3 Dec 16, 2011
What an incestuous group of individuals. Really turns your stomach. Logan County is so screwed.
wake up

Huntington, WV

#4 Dec 16, 2011
People are dying overseas trying to overthrow their bad leaders. We coould do it with votes. What is wrong with the people in Logan and West Virginia. Throw the bums out.
Freddie

Summersville, WV

#5 Dec 17, 2011
One of the problems is the amount of people working for the State and County. They work for politicians not taxpayers.
kenny

Saint Albans, WV

#6 Dec 22, 2011
they hire there good buddys to work at the courthouse and
ellen

Huntington, WV

#7 Dec 26, 2011
Is Danny running for relection to the commission? He told me that he is retiring as a teacher.
Fred from gas station

Delbarton, WV

#8 Dec 26, 2011
No one helped Doug Stamper when he needed it!!! He wouldn't loved to had at least 1% of that money!
paul

Danville, WV

#9 Sep 29, 2013
Wesley wrote:
The whole lot, including ERT, are so crooked they could fall into a barrell of fish hooks and come out without a scratch.
These crooks must be keeping the Feds happy or they would have been in trouble a long time ago.
i agree 100%.

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