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Eight people file for vacant council seat

March 26, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Eight people have applied for a vacant Martinsburg City Council seat, including the man who lost the seat in last June's city election.

The Ward 5 seat was vacated after former Councilman Frank Idoni pleaded guilty to one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance and no contest to an unrelated misdemeanor charge of battery in February. Idoni agreed to resign, although an attorney for the city said the felony conviction meant Idoni forfeited his right to hold public office.

By 5 p.m. Friday, eight Martinsburg residents had submitted their names for consideration for the seat.

They are Dennis D. Barron, 617 Central Ave.; Terry Crim, 1506 Yorktown St.; Eric Goff, 326 N. Western Ave.; Betty Gunnoe, 614 E. Moler Ave.; Richard P. Kaufman, 118 Union Ave.; James F. Kneisly, 1217 Grazier St.; Kevin Knowles, 125 Pennsylvania Ave.; and Glenville Twigg, 315 Twigg Drive.

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Twigg served 14 years on the city council before he was defeated by Idoni by four votes last June.

City Recorder Sharon Flick said those wishing to fill the seat were not required to provide their political party affiliation.

Council members serve four-year terms and are paid $200 per month.

An election is not required to fill the seat. Instead, members of the city's personnel committee will make a recommendation on who to appoint and forward the recommendation to city council for approval, Mayor George Karos said.

Five of the six current city council members sit on the personnel committee, with Karos and City Manager Mark Baldwin also included as ex-officio members.

Karos said he will be out of town until mid-April, and said a decision on who to appoint should be made sometime after that.

Because only two people sought the seat in June's election, Karos said he was surprised when he learned eight people applied to fill it now.

"I guess the money is good and the prestige is good," he said.

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