Commission Office

Terry B. Cutright
Samuel R. Nolte
Kristie G. Tenney
(304) 460-2877
(304) 844-7305 
(304) 439-4698

Upshur County Commission
Upshur County Administrative Annex
91 West Main Street, Suite 101
Buckhannon, WV 26201

Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone: (304) 472-0535
Fax: (304) 473-2802

County Administrator
Assistant County Administrator
Carrie L. Wallace
Tabatha Perry
(304) 472-0535 x.3
304-472-0535 x.2

      Upshur County Commission meetings are held weekly on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex, Room 301. Citizens are welcome to attend the meetings. If you have a concern which you would like to have addressed by the Commission, you may call (304) 472-0535 or email Carrie L. Wallace to schedule an appointment.  Agenda items and/or meeting presentations/appointments must be received no later than 12:00 pm three business days prior to the meeting date.  For additional information please refer to the "Meetings" tab on the left of this page.
     County Commissioners are elected officials. There are three (3) Commissioners in each county in West Virginia. Jefferson County and Berkeley County are the only exceptions with five (5) Commissioners. Each Commissioner serves a term of six (6) years, with a rotation of one Commissioner being elected every two (2) years. This rotation schedule assures that there will always be experienced people on the panel. At the first meeting in January each year the Commission elects its President for the upcoming year. 
     The salary of the Commissioners is set by the State Legislature in the West Virginia Code according to the total assessment values for the County each year.
     The primary function of the County Commission is budget development and management, overseeing purchasing for the county, management of county assets, overseeing the governing, management and protection of Upshur County and its citizens.


      The mission of the Upshur County Commission is to provide superior public service and support which enables all county residents the opportunity to improve their quality of life, and enjoy the benefits of a safe, sustainable and progressive community in North Central West Virginia.

Historical Background and Composition

     County government in Virginia has its roots in the old English system which provided for county courts as the principal local governing body.
     The first West Virginia Constitution in 1863 did away with the county courts and provided for a township system. Town meetings were the governing device and boards of township supervisors handled the general management of county business. Several officers, however, including the sheriff, surveyor of lands, recorder, assessor and prosecuting attorney, were elected on a county wide basis
     The 1872 Constitution restored the old county court system with some modifications. The court consisted of a president elected at large and justices of the peace. Then came the state’s Judiciary Amendment of 1880 which generally provided for three-member, elective bodies—and which stripped the commissioners of all judicial functions except limited ones in such fields as settlement of accounts and appointment of guardians.
     Section 10, article 9 of the Constitution provides for a three member commission, one to be elected each two years for a term of six years. No two of the commissioners shall be elected from the same magisterial district…
     The 1880 Judiciary Amendment contained the following proviso: “such tribunals as have been heretofore established by the legislature under and by virtue of the Constitution of 1872 for police and fiscal purposes shall, until otherwise provided by law, remain and continue as presently constituted.” This proviso has never been changed and remains in effect. This accounts for those counties in which the commission has or has had something other than a three member commission. Presently only one county commission remains under this proviso.

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