By AMY WALLAUER
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A member of Martinsburg's affirmative action committee has vowed to present petitions calling for the mayor's resignation at every council meeting until Earnest Sparks resigns or completes his term.
It's the latest turn in an ongoing debate about Sparks' leadership skills. His opponents say he's domineering and prone to temper tantrums and blame him for the resignations of Police Chief Wayne Cleveland and former City Manager Phil Hertz.
But his supporters say he's done more than any previous mayor by organizing a drug task force, promoting minority hiring and increasing salaries of city employees.