Cumberland Times-News

April 7, 2014

Romney police chief, recorder to leave posts

marla pisciotta
Cumberland Times-News

— ROMNEY, W.Va. — The city of Romney’s recorder will be replacing the monthly minutes with playing 500, Canasta, reading and watching television in another couple months.

For the past 20 years, Iliff Maphis has been the recorder for the city of Romney. Maphis will be leaving the job on the last day of June.

“I’m not retiring, I just decided I wouldn’t run in the next election,” Maphis said. At 83-years-young, Maphis said, “It’s time for me to take a break.”

She not only served as recorder, Maphis also served for four years as a city council member.

Maphis began her career as recorder early in the 1990s when she was appointed by the mayor. “My job hasn’t changed much over the years. Things stay on an even keel,” she said.

Maphis recorded all council meetings and transcribed them by hand. “Taking it directly off the tape I was always sure of what was being said.” Her hand-written minutes were then typed by the office staff.

Maphis said she made the final decision to leave the job during the harsh winter. “I know they would come and get me. I don’t walk well in the snow. It wasn’t that I couldn’t get there. It’s just time to leave,” Maphis said.

“My fondest memory as a recorder was watching the changes take place as far as council members are concerned. I was sorry to see some of them leave.”

Maphis said meeting new people and learning new things has kept her mind alert.

“I’ve watched so many improvements in town: the new water plant, South Hills became part of Romney, the new maintenance shed was built and we’re in the process of building a new sewer plant,” Maphis said.

When asked if she had plans after leaving her job, Maphis said, “I’ll stay just as busy as I chose to be.”

Another 20-year veteran city employee is Chief Donald See. See will be retiring as of May 30.

“I was hired July 1, 1994, by the city council,” See said.

In 1986 See began working in Hampshire County as the county dog warden and as a correctional officer at the jails. See said he did both jobs at the same time. He worked as a county sheriff’s deputy for six years and applied for the position as chief in 1994.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes in the department, seen drug busts and much more,” See said. See said he’s leaving the job to spend more time with his family.

“I plan to do some farm work helping my cousin,” See said. He also plans to open a business in the near future.

See also plans to spend time as a woodworker. “I want to open a shop in Romney. I’m not sure when. I’m still buying tools and equipment.”

Contact Marla Pisciotta at marlapisciotta@frontier.com.