Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

State's Loss

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

State's Loss

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DEP firings

A restructuring to save money was the official reason given for the firings? DEP won't say how much money is saved. Were the two employees not effective? More likely they were too effective in different roles of communicating with the public, something not valued by this administration so far. Radcliff's position was created by the Legislature in 1994 to help average West Virginians understand and interact with DEP. Various Republicans and industry groups have tried to get rid of the position numerous times. Former DEP Secretary Randy Huffman, who we were sorry to see leave the agency for the West Virginia National Guard, had elevated the environmental advocate to his senior staff, an indication of what he thought of the position.

"Her enthusiasm and passion for West Virginia is contagious, Huffman said of Radcliff last week. …

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