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Berkeley County lawmaker replaced on Region 9 council

June 14, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County lawmaker was replaced on the Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council (Region 9) by the county commission on Thursday.

Del. Jonathan Miller, R-Berkeley, indicated in writing that he wished to be reappointed, but County Commissioner William L. "Bill" Stubblefield made the motion to replace him with Elizabeth Layne Diehl, provost of the Martinsburg campus of Mountain State University.

Diehl's appointment to Miller's seat on the Eastern Panhandle board was unanimously approved by the commission.

Stubblefield cited Miller's lack of attendance at meetings for not reappointing the southern Berkeley County delegate to another one-year term.

Miller acknowledged that he had missed several meetings because of professional obligations, but that circumstance since had been resolved.

In an interview Thursday, Diehl confirmed that ongoing accreditation efforts at Mountain State University would occupy much of her time into the fall, but she was committed to being involved with Region 9.

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Miller was vocal in his opposition to the proposed zoning ordinance that was overwhelmingly rejected in May. Stubblefield, the commission's representative on Region 9, strongly supported the land-use ordinance.

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