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Chapter 5 F     Entire Code



§5F-1-1. Legislative findings and declarations.

(a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that state government must be made more responsive to the citizens of the state; that the various agencies and boards responsible for the execution of the laws of this state must be improved; that more effective management of the executive branch of state government must be achieved; that the efficiency of the operations of the agencies and boards of state government must be increased; and that in view of the financial crisis facing the State of West Virginia, it is essential to compel a curtailment and reduction of governmental expenses and hold them within reasonable bounds consistent with the economical and efficient administration of governmental services and to ensure the strictest economy in the matter of governmental expenditures to the end that agencies and boards of government may not be compelled to abdicate their responsibilities or cease to function but that in carrying out their responsibilities they shall not place upon the public any expense which is not necessary. The Legislature further hereby finds and declares that in order to achieve these purposes, it is essential to reorganize the executive branch of state government so as to:

(1) Promote the execution of the laws, the more effective management of the executive branch and of its agencies, boards and functions, and the expeditious administration of the public business;

(2) Reduce expenditures and promote economy to the fullest extent consistent with the efficient operation of state government;

(3) Increase the efficiency of the operations of state government to the fullest extent practicable;

(4) Group, coordinate and consolidate agencies and functions of state government, as nearly as may be, according to purposes;

(5) Consolidate or combine those agencies having similar or complementary functions under a single head, and, after observing and analyzing the operation of such consolidated or combined agencies for a period of time, abolish by legislative act, where legislative action is required, such agencies or functions thereof as are determined not to be necessary or desirable for the efficient conduct of the state government;

(6) Eliminate duplication of effort;

(7) Provide for appropriate Legislative Oversight as mandated in the Constitution of this state; and

(8) Provide for a spirit of cooperation and unity between the executive and legislative branches in addressing and developing solutions to the problems facing the state.

(b) This chapter is enacted in view and because of the findings and declarations set forth in subsection (a) of this section and shall be construed in the light thereof.

§5F-1-2. Executive departments created; offices of secretary created.

(a) There are created, within the executive branch of the state government, the following departments:

(1) Department of Administration;

(2) Department of Education and the Arts;

(3) Department of Environmental Protection;

(4) Department of Health and Human Resources;

(5) Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety;

(6) Department of Revenue;

(7) Department of Transportation;

(8) Department of Commerce; and

(9) Effective July 1, 2011, Department of Veterans' Assistance.

(b) Each department will be headed by a secretary appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Each secretary serves at the will and pleasure of the Governor.

§5F-1-3. Oath; bond; compensation.

(a) Each person appointed to serve as a secretary shall take the oath or affirmation prescribed by section five, article four of the Constitution, and the oath shall be certified by the person who administers the same and filed in the office of the Secretary of State.

(b) Each person appointed shall give bond in the penalty of $25,000 conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of the office. The bond shall be approved by the Attorney General as to form and by the Governor as to sufficiency. The surety of the bond may be a bonding or surety company, in which case the premium shall be paid out of the appropriation made for the administration of the department.

§5F-1-3a. Executive compensation commission.

There is hereby created an executive compensation commission composed of three members, one of whom shall be the secretary of administration, one of whom shall be appointed by the Governor from the names of two or more nominees submitted by the President of the Senate, and one of whom shall be appointed by the Governor from the names of two or more nominees submitted by the Speaker of the House of Delegates. The names of such nominees shall be submitted to the Governor by not later than June 1, 2000, and the appointment of such members shall be made by the Governor by not later than July 1, 2000. The members appointed by the Governor shall have had significant business management experience at the time of their appointment and shall serve without compensation other than reimbursement for their reasonable expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their commission duties. For the 2001 regular session of the Legislature and every four years thereafter, the commission shall review the compensation for cabinet secretaries and other appointed officers of this state, including, but not limited to, the following: Commissioner, Division of Highways; commissioner, Bureau of Employment Programs; director, Division of Environmental Protection; commissioner, Bureau of Senior Services; director of tourism; commissioner, division of tax; administrator, division of health; commissioner, Division of Corrections; director, Division of Natural Resources; superintendent, state police; administrator, lottery division; director, Public Employees Insurance Agency; administrator, Alcohol Beverage Control Commission; commissioner, Division of Motor Vehicles; director, Division of Personnel; Adjutant General; the Executive Director of the Health Care Authority; director, Division of Rehabilitation Services; executive director, educational broadcasting authority; executive secretary, Library Commission; chairman and members of the Public Service Commission; director of emergency services; administrator, division of human services; executive director, Human Rights Commission; director, division of Veterans Affairs; director, office of miner’s health safety and training; commissioner, Division of Banking; commissioner, division of insurance; commissioner, Division of Culture and History; commissioner, Division of Labor; director, Prosecuting Attorneys Institute; director, Board of Risk and Insurance Management; commissioner, oil and gas conservation commission; director, geological and economic survey; executive director, water development authority; executive director, Public Defender Services; director, state rail authority; chairman and members of the Parole Board; members, employment security review board; members, workers’ compensation appeal board; chairman, Racing Commission; executive director, women’s commission; and director, hospital finance authority.

Following this review, but not later than the twenty-first day of such regular session, the commission shall submit an executive compensation report to the Legislature to include specific recommendations for adjusting the compensation for the officers described in this section. The recommendation may be in the form of a bill to be introduced in each house to amend this section to incorporate the recommended adjustments.

§5F-1-4. Definitions.

(a) As used in this chapter, unless the context clearly requires a different meaning:

(1) "Administrator" means any person who fills a statutorily created position within or related to an agency or board (other than a board member) and who is designated by statute as commissioner, deputy commissioner, assistant commissioner, director, chancellor, chief, executive director, executive secretary, superintendent, deputy superintendent, or other administrative title, however designated;

(2) "Agency" means any department, division, fund, office, position, system, survey or other entity of state government, however designated, transferred to and incorporated in one of the departments created in section two of this article;

(3) "Board" means any board, commission, authority, council, or other body, however designated, consisting of two or more members, transferred to and incorporated in one of the departments created in section two of this article;

(4) "Code" means the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as heretofore and hereafter amended; and

(5) "Secretary" means the administrative head of one of the departments created in section two of this article.

(b) Although each term defined in subsection (a) of this section is in the singular, the plural of any term shall have the same meaning.

§5F-1-5. Online state phone directory.  

(a) Beginning July 1, 2017, each agency listed in the online state phone directory shall update the employee information in the directory, as required in this subsection, or provide to the Office of Technology the following information for each agency employee:

(1)  Employee name;

(2)  Office location and mailing address, including name of city and zip code;

(3)  Office telephone number, including extension; and

(4)  Electronic mail address.

(b) Each agency listed in the online state phone directory shall update the online state phone directory information within thirty days after personnel action or event that would require the agency to add, modify, or delete information from the directory, or the agency shall provide that information to the Office of Technology.

(c) The Office of Technology shall, within thirty days of receipt of updated employee information from an agency, make the requested changes to the online state phone directory.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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