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Gunnoe appointed to Martinsburg council

April 20, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Members of the Martinsburg City Council unanimously approved a motion Tuesday to appoint Betty Gunnoe, a former city councilwoman, to the vacant Ward 5 seat.

Gunnoe likely will be sworn in at the next City Council meeting, scheduled for May 12, and assume her duties immediately afterward, Mayor George Karos said.

A City Council member from 1980 to 1996, Gunnoe works full time at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library and part time at Anne Klein, a new store at Prime Outlets in Hagerstown.

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Gunnoe, who has lived in the city's fifth ward her entire life, lives on Moler Avenue. The fifth ward encompasses the northeast area of the city.

"I'm going to do the best job that I can," Gunnoe, 59, said when reached after the council's decision. "I will represent (Ward 5 residents) to the best of my ability."

She said she's not sure whether she will run for the seat when the term expires in 2008.

After the city earlier this year sought candidates to fill the seat, a number of people called Gunnoe and encouraged her to put her name in, she said.

Gunnoe is replacing Frank Idoni, who resigned after pleading guilty in February to one count of delivery of a controlled substance, filed after Idoni sold a prescription drug patch to a police informant for $200.

Idoni was elected in June 2004, defeating longtime Councilman Glenville Twigg by four votes. Less than 100 people voted in the Ward 5 race.

Twigg and Gunnoe were two of eight people who applied to fill the seat. City Council members reviewed the resumes of all of the applicants, but did not interview them.

The unanimous vote came after Council members met in a closed-door executive session for 20 minutes. After the executive session, City Councilman Gregg Wachtel made a motion to appoint Gunnoe.

"I think Betty is a well-qualified candidate and (she) has experience," Wachtel said after the meeting, adding that Gunnoe has been active in the community. "She'll lend her expertise to us."

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