Governor Jim Justice publicly makes it clear that he doesn't live in the Governor's Mansion--or anywhere else in Charleston--but stays close to his Greenbrier Resort in Lewisburg for his regular residence. It leads to a lot of speculation whether the Governor can adequately perform his duties if he's not actually IN the office, or even Charleston, on a regular basis.
Delegate Isaac Sponaugle points out the state constitution says all executive officers "shall" reside in the seat of government and has taken that issue to court.
In a motion hearing this week, Justice's attorney says the Governor has the authority to determine what the seat of power is
“We don’t believe the governor is in violation of any constitutional provision,” Carey said. “He’s left to his discretion to implement the requirements of that. He’s in Charleston on many occasions. In fact, just this Saturday when he appointed two new members of the Supreme Court.
“It must be left to the discretion of the constitutional officer to implement that requirement. And the courts will not get involved in requiring a constitutional officer to do certain things in the future.” (WVMetronews.com)
Sponaugle was a guest on The Watchdog Morning Show with Howard Monroe to discuss the whole issue.