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Berkeley County Council President says six years in office were 'a good ride'

December 20, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County Council President William L. “Bill” Stubblefield said at what was his last county council meeting Thursday that his six years in the elected office were “a good ride.”

Stubblefield, 72, said he plans to remain involved in the community, but indicated he has no intention to run for another elected office.

“I’ll take a couple months to rewind,” Stubblefield said after being lauded for his leadership and service at the end of Thursday’s regular meeting.

Stubblefield, who defeated Ryan Frankenberry in 2006 to win the seat, said any accomplishments made in his tenure were collectively made, not just through his efforts alone. 

Stubblefield was specifically praised for his efforts to improve fire service in the county by integrating paid firefighters at volunteer fire department stations.

Robbie Robinson of the Berkeley County Fire and Rescue Association, said “everything (Stubblefield) has said, he has done.”

Robinson said the plaque he presented to Stubblefield on Thursday was a first for the organization, which is comprised of members of all five volunteer fire departments in the county.

Gregory Rhoe also commended Stubblefield for his work on the Berkeley County Public Service Water District board before he won election to county council, which was formerly the Berkeley County Commission.

“Bill laid the groundwork for a lot of the progress that has been made,” Rhoe said. 

A retired rear admiral with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Stubblefield thanked county residents for giving him the opportunity to serve in the position, noting they held “held my feet to the fire.”

Jim Barnhart is set to replace Stubblefield on County Council after defeating two other candidates in the November general election for two open seats.

While incumbent Elaine C. Mauck won re-election, Stubblefield fulfilled a commitment to only serve one term on the county’s budget balancing arm of government and did not seek re-election.

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