Harrison County Commission hires attorney to mediate ongoing overcrowded courthouse issue

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Harrison County commissioners have chosen to hire an attorney to help them with an ongoing issue of creating office space in an overcrowded courthouse.

The circuit court recently added three probation officers to its staff to handle its increased caseload.

Chief Circuit Judge James A. Matish sent a letter on December 19 of last year to the commissioners saying there needed to be professional office space for the new probation officers within 30 to 45 days.

Since that time has passed, the judge ordered the commissioners to have the space available by April 26th, or possible legal action against the commissioners would be taken.

Commissioner Ron Watson says they have done everything they can to create the space, but nothing has met the chief judge’s approval.

“One of the areas that we have the judge does not agree will be adequate and now he has come up with an additional space that someone has been in that office for about four years and he feels that’s inadequate too,” said Watson. “So we’ve been put on notice by the judge, we felt that we needed legal representation also.”

Commissioner are talking with Martinsburg Attorney Patrick Henry to help mediate the issue.

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