In 2009, the Legislature created the Governor's Office of Health Enhancement and Lifestyle Planning to "coordinate all state health care system
reform initiatives among executive branch agencies, departments, bureaus and offices."
This seemed to make sense.
Then-Gov. Joe Manchin hired Martha Walker,
a former Department of Health and Human Resources secretary, to run the agency, which has a budget of about $500,000 a year.
But since her departure in July, the agency has dwindled to only two staff members — an executive secretary and a financial analyst.
The agency also pays David Campbell, a former chief of staff for former Gov. Gaston Caperton,
$800 a day to serve as coordinator of Strategic Health and Technology Initiatives.
The contract was signed in December 2009.
Without a director, the agency seems superfluous. How can an agency coordinate anything without