By ELLEN LYON
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Shepherdstown retiree named Friday to head the state's Bureau of Commerce says he couldn't resist a return to public service.
"Politics is like malaria. Once it's in your system you can never flush it out," said 59-year-old Robert Reintsema in an interview from a pay telephone on his way home from Charleston, where his appointment was announced Friday by Gov. Cecil Underwood.
Reintsema, a Republican, was one of five cabinet secretaries and three bureau commissioners appointed Friday by Underwood.
Just one of the new officials is a Democrat.
Reintsema, a New York City native who has lived in Jefferson County for about 16 years, retired four years ago as administrative assistant to U.S. Rep Clarence Miller, R-Ohio.