2-1-13 Workforce official losing travel perks

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Starting today (Friday), the free ride ends for the assistant director at Workforce West Virginia.

The state employment agency has been picking up the cost of Claudia D. George’s weekly 376-mile commute from her home in Fairmont to her office at the state Capitol Complex. She also gets paid $51 daily for meals and $100 for a hotel room.

George has had the arrangement since 2010 and she’s accumulated $78,000 in expenses over that time.

She is paid a salary of $62,640 to oversee 21 field offices.

Workforce West Virginia officials said George’s commuting and living expense reimbursements would end Friday.

Some Workforce employees had complained about the arrangement, but the agency says George’s expenses were filed in accordance with state regulations.

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