Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's (pictured, right) appointment of Art Kirkendollto fill his vacant Senate seat has drawn some discontentment among constituents in the 7th Senatorial District.
One concern is that Kirkendoll, who did not seek re-election last year after 30 years of service as a Logan County commissioner, is in a position to triple-dip: His Senate salary ($20,000 base, plus at least 30 additional days of per-diems at $150 a day for $4,500, plus $131 a day in expenses), his county pension through the CPRB (about $21,400 a year), and his work as a paid consultant to the county commission (reportedly, at $4,000 per month.) Coincidentally, Kirkendoll is one of the first public officials to file the new expanded disclosure form under ethics legislation passed in the 2011 regular session.
Read the rest of the story at the Sunday Gazette-Mail.