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Senior agency looks ahead

More than two months after firing its director, Kanawha Valley Senior Services has still not hired a replacement.

But the organization is still operating on all eight cylinders, said Clifford Kees, board president.

"I've been calling most of the shots day-to-day," Kees said. "But the HR (human resources) director and fiscal manager have been helping out as well."

The director oversees about 150 employees, he said. Kees was unsure exactly how many volunteers donate their time at the organization.

"The number goes up and down every day," he said.

Kees said he was unaware of any problems occurring within the organization because of the lack of a director. The board of directors is also helping to run the organization that provides services to thousands of seniors throughout the county, he said.

The organization fired executive director Janie Hamilton on March 14.

Kees refused to say exactly why Hamilton had been fired, citing confidentiality on personnel matters.

Hamilton had served as director since September 2011. She served as director of the Hansford Center in St. Albans before taking the position with the county agency.  

She was hired to replace former director Scott McClanahan, who was let go in April 2011.

The agency has been advertising for a new director in statewide media outlets, Kees said. Thus far, the agency has received about 80 resumes, he said.

"We hope to have a new director on board sometime within the first three weeks of June," Kees said.

Kees said the board would begin narrowing down the resumes to a short list. The short list applicants will then be contacted to set up an interview within the next few weeks, he said.

"I think we can have the interviews set up by the end of the month," Kees said.

Kees hopes to have about six to eight interviews set up.   

Kees was very surprised that the agency had received so much interest in the position, he said.

The salary for the new director has not yet been established, Kees said.

"We probably won't discuss salary until we start doing the interviews," he said.

Hamilton's salary was $56,000 a year, according to figures provided by the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services. The state agency provides funding to Kanawha Valley Senior Services.    

Contact writer Paul Fallon at or 304-348-4817. Follow him at

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