Alawsuit brought by a disgruntled public employee has shed light on a rather unsettling personnel decision at the Kanawha County Metro 911 Center.
Apparently Metro 911 Director Carolyn Karr Charnock had a falling out with Metro 911 Operations Director Laura Wilson.
The lawsuit alleges this started a chain of events that eventually included Charnock's resignation. She now serves as public relations director for the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority.
The responsibilities are less, but the pay is the same as she had as director of Metro 911 - about $80,000 a year plus excellent benefits.
As for Wilson, she was given the title of "quality assurance manager" and relocated to the courthouse. She describes her tasks as "data entry work."
Her pay, too, continues at her old rate of $65,405 a year plus excellent benefits.
That works out to more than $32 an hour to enter data. Incredibly, Wilson is suing the county commission - taxpayers - because the reassignment has cost her "a significant amount of money in loss of overtime pay."
There seems to have been some kind of problem here, but if the employees did something wrong, they did not suffer any consequences. They found soft, well-paid landings.
Taxpayers, on the other hand, did pay a price. They paid for the landings.