- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia official has resigned from his position and taken another state job - and a significant pay cut - after being accused of stealing cases of bottled water.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/2dHcCbu ) Jim Ellars, who led the state Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council since 2010, stepped down from his post Friday amid a dispute with Water Development Authority Director Chris Jarrett and Jarrett’s secretary, Carol Cummings.

Both agencies share an office building in Charleston.

Last month, the state Ethics Commission dismissed complaints in which Cummings said Ellars stole four cases of bottled water, and circumvented the office’s chain of command by reporting directly to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Ellars started a new job Monday with the Office of Environmental Health Services, taking an over $11,000 pay cut.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

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