Understaffed DOH forced to make adjustments

KINGWOOD — Faced with a lack of personnel, Division of Highways (DOH) District 4 Engineer Don Williams is thinking outside the box to get road work done.
Despite recent work fairs to recruit DOH county personnel, most crews in the district are understaffed, Williams told the North Central Caucus on Roads on Wednesday.
Monongalia County is supposed to have 42 personnel and is at about half that, with 18 field workers. Preston is 14 below its quota of 53 workers, leaving 35 road crew workers. (Each county has a secretary, mechanic, storekeeper and supervisor.)
The problem is often salaries, he noted. The state can’t compete against gas companies, some of which are paying CDL licensed workers twice as much as the DOH. Six employees left in one week in Doddridge County, Williams said.

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