CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Workers at several state agencies are being asked to suggest ways to improve the West Virginia Attorney General's Office.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey sent an email seeking suggestions last week to more than 100 workers in his office, the offices of the treasurer, auditor and secretary of state, the state Supreme Court and the Purchasing Division, local media outlets have reported.
"We are currently conducting a comprehensive review of all systems and policies in place in our office, and are already actively making changes to establish basic, modern systems that reflect good management practices," Morrisey told the newspaper. "We will benefit from the feedback of all existing employees, as well as other experts in the state of West Virginia."
Some emails were sent to people who no longer work in state government, including former chief deputy attorney general Fran Hughes and former deputy attorney general/Appellate Division Dawn Warfield. Hughes and Warfield left the office after the November election. Morrisey, a Republican, defeated five-term Democrat Darrell McGraw.
Morrisey said the office email list he used was outdated.
"Any time you take over an organization, you also inherit systems and policies that need to be upgraded," Morrisey said Tuesday. "This includes ... how the office communicates with employees through its LISTSERVs, the lack of a workable docket-management system, an antiquated (information technology) system, no meaningful conflicts-check system and no functioning voicemail in many offices."
Morrisey's email asks state employees to identify challenges that could impede his office's ability to serve its client interests efficiently or effectively.
Morrisey also wrote in the email that he wanted to share his "philosophy and thoughts" on the office.
"Every day, the public counts on us to act as faithful interpreters, counselors and enforcers of the law, in a manner that is free from political interference, personal bias or untoward arrangements," he wrote.
He plans to hold a meeting next week with all employees in his office to discuss new policies.