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Berkeley prosecutor retained

November 08, 2000

Berkeley prosecutor retained



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely was returned to office for another four-year term by voters Tuesday, according to unofficial final returns Wednesday.

With all 46 precincts counted, Games-Neely defeated attorney Scott Ollar 12,981 to 8,614.

Games-Neely, 42, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., was appointed prosecutor in 1993, elected in 1994 and 1996 and again Wednesday.

"It's a lot of hard work in our office and I think people recognized that," the incumbent said of her re-election. "We're an information center. People can talk to us. I think that made a difference."

Ollar, 34, Kearneysville, said he is "comfortable" with the outcome.

"One of our primary goals was to give people an alternative and I think we did that," he said. "I think a lot of it had to do with her name recognition. And there were some legitimate issues there that never really made it to the public."

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Games-Neely said the office and the judicial system are going through some changes, but she will continue to push improvements to the system. She likes the job of being a courtroom lawyer and said with a staff the size of hers, she has to spend considerable time in court.

She had chided Ollar for a lack of experience in criminal law, but he said she had failed to develop good relationships with people in the system.

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