Lawson v. County Comm'n of Mercer County
In Lawson v. County Comm'n of Mercer County, 199 W. Va. 77, 483 S.E.2d 77 (1996), the Court addressed a statute regarding annual salary increases for deputy sheriffs and found that the statute in question was susceptible to differing constructions, to the extent that the term "receive an annual salary increase" could mean either an increase to become part of the annual salary or an increase in addition to the annual salary. Id. at 81, 483 S.E.2d at 81.
Based upon the Court's finding that the statute could be read by reasonable persons to have different meanings, the Court found the language of the statute to be ambiguous. Id.