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 Secretary Warner Attends First Board of Public Works Meeting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner participated in the first meeting of the Board of Public Works of 2017 and his first since taking office January 16.

Warner was joined by Governor Jim Justice, who chairs the Board of Public Works. Also attending were State Treasurer John Perdue, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, State Auditor J.B. McCuskey, Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt, and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Paine.

As Secretary of State, Warner serves as secretary for the Board. Warner also presented board members and meeting attendees with a copy of the minutes from the first Board of Public Works meeting from September 4, 1863 (included below).

The Board approved the minutes from three previous meetings. The Board also certified tax rates on each class of property, and approved several deeds transferring property between state entities.

The six elected state constitutional officers - Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Attorney General, and Commissioner of Agriculture - plus the State Superintendent of Schools together make up the Board of Public Works, which is established by law as a public corporation.

The Legislature chose to assign certain responsibilities to a group of high officials answerable to the voters rather than to a single official or executive agency. Among those important duties are:
  • Approval of the purchase, transfer or sale of state real property
  • Assessment of public utility property
  • Approval of bonds prior to issuance by a state department or institution, county, board of education or municipality
  • Establishment of the levies on property at the rates set by law
Learn more about the Board of Public Works by clicking here.

Pictured (from left to right): Secretary of State Mac Warner, Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Governor Jim Justice, State Treasurer John Perdue, State Auditor J.B. McCuskey, and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Paine. Photo Courtsey/Steve Rotsch, Office of the Governor.


Steven Allen Adams - Press Secretary