W. Va.: One-Third Of Sec. of State Staff To Be Cut

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Secretary of State-elect Mac Warner says about one-third of the current office’s staff will be let go after he takes office this month.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Warner notified outgoing Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in a letter Tuesday that 16 current staff members are on the termination list.

Warner’s upcoming communications director Mike Queen says the reductions are needed to deal with anticipated budget cuts.

The letter says staff members who are retained will continue to serve as at-will employees.

Warner, a Republican, defeated Tennant in the November election. He takes office on Jan. 16.