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For the past two years as your State Fire Marshal, my staff and I have witnessed the reporting of unacceptable numbers of fire fatalities due to numerous preventable fire incidents. I see this as unacceptable because of the loss of life to precious families, friends, and neighbors. This concern will remain until working together, we reduce if not eliminate these unfortunate and preventable losses.

We have partnered with the American Red Cross and are working with several other organizations to expand our efforts with a statewide smoke alarm installation initiative. The goal is to do all we can to help all West Virginians, and especially our most vulnerable to fatal fires: children and seniors.

As a part of this year’s Governor’s Day to Serve, we want to launch a smoke alarm initiative project titled “Get Alarmed West Virginia.” In partnership with the American Red Cross and in conjunction with their national “Sound the Alarm – Save A Life” initiative, we want to enlist fire departments, colleges and universities, churches, fraternal and community service organizations, and all who are willing. In other words: people like you! 

This initiative will provide and install free smoke alarms to all residential households in need, as identified through canvassing efforts that will be conducted prior the scheduled event time period. Due to the scale of this project, we’re looking to serve as many communities as possible throughout the state with your help starting on the Saturdays of Sept. 9, 16, 23, and 30, and then culminating with this initiative on Oct. 14.

We’re trying to get an early start on the planning of this significant and important initiative. Please join us by committing early to this project and getting others involved to make this initiative a success! So, gather your friends, family, classmates, fellow parishioners and community service partners and make the commitment by visiting our website at or contact Courtney Rosemond or Tim Rock, our public education staff at (304) 558-2191 or by

contacting the American Red Cross at 1-844-216-8286.  Let’s “Get Alarmed West Virginia”!

The next time you come across a burned-out house in danger of collapse, take a moment to think about Kanawha County.

The Kanawha County Commission recently approved a $1 million demolition program to remove up to 114 uninhabitable structures, thanks in large part to the West Virginia Housing Development Fund’s Property Rescue Initiative.

Kanawha County currently allocates 100 percent of its building permit fees to demolish dilapidated structures. In order to ramp up its efforts and make this pool of funding go further, the county leveraged its demolition fund to apply for an interest-free loan through the Property Rescue Initiative.

Position: City Manager

Employer: City of Charles Town, WV

Application Deadline: Friday, July 7, 2017, 5 p.m. 

Compensation: Salary dependent upon experience and qualifications. 

To Apply:  Send resume, letter of introduction, a minimum of three professional and/or personal references and current salary and/or salary requirements to: City of Charles Town, Attn: City Manager Selection Committee, PO Box 14, Charles Town, WV 25414. Or, should you wish to email your application information, please send it to:  Please indicate if you wish your application to remain confidential. 

The City of Ashland, Kentucky is seeking a qualified individual to serve as city manager. The position requires strong leadership skills with great communication skills. Job candidates should enjoy solving complex problems and interacting with a highly skilled team of professionals. Demonstrated reliability, integrity and experience are key characteristics of this position. Qualified applicants should be highly motivated with an expectation of achieving excellence and have a thorough understanding of Kentucky’s city commission/city manager form of government with appropriate experience and credentials. 

bl fayetteCongratulations to Fayetteville Town Superintendent, Bill Lanham! He is the first recipient of the WVU Community Leadership Award for outstanding work in the community which he was awarded during the WVU CLA Conference. 

The Community Leadership Academy helps emerging and established leaders develop their leadership skills.

The academy provides community leaders with a solid foundation in public organizational and financial management. Topics emphasize enhancing personal leadership skills and providing an understanding of current, complex issues affecting communities.

The academy unites community leaders, elected officials, economic developers, Chambers of Commerce, business owners and civic-minded residents of West Virginia and nearby states.

The Community Leadership Academy was founded the by WVU Extension Service Community Resources and Economic Development (CRED) unit, with the help of Extension partners.

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