FAIRMONT — Jesse L. Corley has a new task ahead of him – bringing businesses to Marion County.

During the Marion County Commission’s meeting Wednesday, the commission hired Corley as a part-time employee to work as a new business and retention coordinator.

He will work less than 1,040 hours per year with a 90-day probation and no overtime or benefits. His pay rate is $15 per hour, according to County Administrator Kris Cinalli.

Corley was excited about the work, and said he wanted to bring a manufacturing business to the county.

“It’s very important to get businesses into Marion County,” he said. “I’d like to get some type of manufacturing here in Marion County. That’s going to be one of my projects, is trying to get manufacturing into Marion County.”

He thought bringing such a business would help the county’s economy.

“We need jobs here in Marion County,” he said.

Corley said he wanted to do the best he could do, and said he plans to talk to a lot of contacts in his quest.

“I’m going to turn over a lot of rocks, and I hope to bring in something to the county,” he said. “That’s what I got hired for.”

Corley explained why he wanted to pursue a manufacturing business for the county.

“You got retail on both sides of us, and with what’s going on with Middletown Commons, we have a little retail there,” he said.

He said there is some manufacturing, but he thought there was room for more.

He said will begin work immediately.

Corley said he will work with the Marion County Development Authority, and said he appreciated the county commission for giving him the opportunity. He is already on the authority’s executive board of directors.

He will report to the authority and the county commission.

In addition, Corley serves as the vice chairman of the Marion County Solid Waste Authority, chairman of the White Hall Public Service District and vice chairman of the Fairmont-Marion County Transit Authority. He is the former mayor of White Hall, having served 18 years, and is retired from Iron Workers Local Union No. 549 after 40 years.

Marion County Commissioner Randy Elliott praised Corley, saying he is a hard worker.

“It’s good to have him on board,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll see a lot of results.”

In other business, the commission reappointed MCPARC Commissioners Tracy Evans (city appointee) and Michael Cimaglia (Board of Education appointee).

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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