The County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia (CCAWV) was formed in the late 1950's. It began as an association of Commissioners from across the state with officers, a board of directors, and numerous committees. In 1990, the CCAWV hired its first full-time Legislative Coordinator/Director, to organize, administrate, and attend to the needs of the County Commissioners' Association. The Association office was then located at 912 Quarrier Street together with the WV Association of Counties, our sister organization. In 1992, the offices moved to 2211 Washington Street. In 2000, we moved to our present location on 2309 Washington Street, East, Charleston, WV 25311. Our telephone is (304) 345-4639. Our fax number is (304) 346-3512.
The mission of the County Commissioners' Association of WV is to "maintain a statewide agency for the purpose of promoting the interest and general welfare of local county government through a variety of communication tools; to represent county government before the West Virginia Legislature, administrative agencies, and the federal government; to educate the public about the value and need for county programs and services; and to facilitate the exchange of problems, ideas and solutions among county officials."
As stated in its constitution, CCAWV serves a three-pronged purpose: To represent, to educate, and to facilitate communications amongst its members.
During the legislative session the County Commissioners' Association is responsible for tracking and reporting on numerous bills affecting county government.
- Bill Drafting
- Bill Tracking
- Legislative Alerts
- Legislative Wrap-up (Bill summary)
Many of our educational programs are arranged by the Association in co-operation with the WV State Tax Department and West Virginia University
- County Commissioners' Continuing Educational Training Series
- WVU Local Community Leadership Academy - 2 each year
- Eight Annual Regional Roundtables
- Training for "Newly Elected" Commissioners
- Various workshops on timely topics
The association serves as a hub for distributing information among membership as well as to affiliate & associate organizations. We operate an email listserv to facilitate communication amongst members; maintain a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, in addition to the following publications:
- Commissioners' Corner (monthly newsletter)
- County Commissioners' Handbook & Updates
- CCAWV Annual Report
- “The Resourcer” – a biannual magazine dedicated to issues facing West Virginia’s counties
- Legislative Alerts, Updates and Summaries
- Press Releases
- Web site: www.ccawv.org
County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia Office & Support
Vivian Parsons, the County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia's Executive Director, organizes, administrates, lobbies, and carries out the Association's mission. She is assisted by Megan Stroup, the Association's Administrative Assistant. Together, they work with the West Virginia Association of Counties and its staff to represent the interests of county government in West Virginia.