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Berkeley, Jefferson county governments make no changes at the top

January 05, 2012

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — County governments in Jefferson and Berkeley counties went through their annual reorganization routines Thursday with no changes at the top.

In Berkeley County, Bill Stubblefield was re-elected to a second term as Berkeley County Council president of the five-member body.

Stubblefield, whose current six-year term ends in December, said he will keep the promise he made when he ran in 2006 that he would not seek a second term.

Councilwoman Elaine Mauck was elected vice president.

Both were chosen on unanimous votes by their council colleagues, Stubblefield said.

In Jefferson County, incumbents President Patsy Noland and Vice President Dale Manuel kept their jobs next year, but their re-elections were not unanimous. They won on 3-2 votes from Noland, Manuel and Commissioner Walt Pellish.

They were opposed by Commissioners Lyn Widmyer and Frances Morgan. Widmyer sought the top job with Morgan’s nomination.

She fared no better in an attempt to replace Pellish as the commission's representative on the Jefferson County Planning Commission, losing by the same 3-2 vote.

“Tradition has it that the president's job is rotated among the members every year,” Widmyer said. She said she sought Pellish's spot on the planning commission for the same reason.

 Morgan is the only one of the five commissioners whose six-year term expires in December. She has announced for a second term.

— Richard F. Belisle

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