More than 160 seats on W.Va. boards vacant

CHARLESTON (AP) — More than 160 seats on West Virginia boards and commissions appointed by the governor are vacant.

Becky Neal with the Governor’s Office says finding people to serve is a challenge. The various boards and commissions have distinct eligibility requirements.

Neal tells the Charleston Gazette that requirements often include residency in a specific congressional district or geographic location, and political affiliation. Some boards and commissions require experience or employment in particular fields or professions.

Vacancies include a nail technician for the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists and  an attorney with experience in mine safety for the Mine Safety Technology Task Force.

The governor has the authority to appoint members to 238 boards and commissions. As of Friday, there are 163 vacancies, 8 percent of the total 1,938 seats.

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