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MetroNews: State Commerce Secretary, City Resident Woody Thrasher Won't Discuss Current Job Status

By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on June 13, 2018 via Connect-Bridgeport.com

According to this report from MetroNews, West Virginia’s Commerce secretary is on the job, but unable to say much.
 
Approached by reporters after a keynote speech at the State Journal’s annual Who’s Who awards on Tuesday, Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher was confined to one response.
 
“You need to get with Butch Antolini.”
 
That’s a reference to Gov. Jim Justice’s communications director.
 
The speaking event at Embassy Suites in Charleston was the first time Thrasher has been at a public event since last week when Gov. Jim Justice left his job in question.
 
The state Department of Commerce has been a focal point of controversy over its administration of Community Development Block Grants for disaster relief administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
 
Questions have arisen over a contract for an outside consultant to manage the millions of dollars in grant money, the pace of West Virginia’s long-term flood relief and the effectiveness of communication among agencies and with the public.
 
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Editor's Note: Perry Bennett, West Virginia Legislative photo.



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