TAYLOR COUNTY—Over the course of 30 years, West Virginia Department of Transportation Division of Highways Highway Administrator John Corio has seen numerous changes come to the county, and after leading the helm for many years, he is ready to pass the torch on to someone new.
“I have enjoyed my time at the Department of Highways,” Corio voiced. “I have been blessed to have worked alongside the people that I have.”
Corio shared that he began his journey with the division in 1993, when he came to work with then Highway Administrator Donna Gallagher, the first female administrator in the state.
Starting at the bottom, he made his way through the ranks during his tenure with the entity.
“I worked as a laborer and moved up to the position of operator,” he explained. “From operator, I became an assistant, then a crew supervisor, supervisor and inmate crew supervisor.”
Determined to excel in his position and continue to grow in his trade, Corio was able to obtain the Assistance Highway Administrator position before finally being named as the Highway Administrator for Taylor County.
“I must say that it has been an incredible and wonderful 30 years,” Corio expressed. “I both feel and take a lot of pride in the work that our employees have done and will continue to do here in this location and for District IV.”
During his time, many paving jobs have been completed, roads have been constructed and maintenance programs have kept things moving smoothly.
“A lot of work has been done here in Taylor County in the past 30 years, and I am so proud of each and every job that I’ve had the opportunity to take part in,” Corio said. “In fact, one of my favorite memories in this position will be one that just occurred; the paving and renovations to Front Street.”
He shared that the project, which saw new sidewalk, lighting and bench installation, was capped off with a fresh layer of new pavement, not only increasing the overall appearance of the area, but allowing for safer traffic flow.
“That is one of my greatest accomplishments, I do believe,” Corio asserted. “Any time that I do anything in Taylor County, I consider those great accomplishments, especially for the people of Taylor County, because that’s where my heart is.”
The Grafton native said that he has taken great pleasure in the forward progress that the county has seen during his tenure with the Department of Highways, sharing that it would not have been at all possible without the cooperation and partnership with others.
“Working with the state and all of the wonderful people around the state that have worked together to try and achieve our goals, and especially here in this county, has been a great experience,” Corio disclosed. “Our district supervisors and administrators have given us countless opportunities for growth.”
“I hope that is something that will continue into the future with whomever they get to fill my position,” he added. “That he or she will continue to take pride in Taylor County.”
And after dedicating the past three decades of his life to a profession that he loved, Corio voiced that he is excited to shift gears and focus more on his family life, devoting his time to his wife Syble and his daughter, Corrine.
“First of all, we are going to take a nice vacation,” he revealed. “I have so many plans and so much work to do. There are lots of projects to finish up around the house. My daughter is hoping to build a house this year, and I am excited to help her with that. In this next chapter of my life, I am going to spend more time with my wife and, hopefully, my daughter, too!”
The staff of the Mountain Statesman would like to extend their gratitude to Mr. Corio for his devotion and dedication to Taylor County, and congratulate him on his much deserved retirement!