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Commissioner can't appoint defeated foe

April 29, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board's membership rules effectively killed an apparent move by Berkeley County Commissioner William L. "Bill" Stubblefield to nominate his opponent in the 2006 general election to serve on the panel.

After reviewing the statute guiding the board's composition, the commissioners determined they could not appoint Ryan Frankenberry, but instead were required to have a "farmer at-large" fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Bill Butler. The board's composition is to include three farmers, the county's development authority director, two county residents and a county commissioner.

Stubblefield indicated he would ask Frankenberry if he would be interested in serving on the county's fire or nuisance appeals boards.

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