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Former member of Jefferson County Board of Education to fill vacancy

April 10, 2013|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Larry Togans, a former eight-year member of the Jefferson County Board of Education, has been chosen to fill out the remainder of the term of former board President Peter Dougherty.

The vacancy was created last month when he was appointed to succeed ousted Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley.

Shirley faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in a civil-rights case involving the brutal beating of a fugitive bank robber in December 2010. His sentencing is pending in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg, W.Va. 

Togans, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday, will serve out Dougherty’s term.

The term expires in December 2014, said board President Gary Kable, who succeeded Dougherty.

Kable said six applicants applied for Dougherty’s seat.

“The board was looking for somebody with experience who could step right in and hit the ground running,” Kable said.

Togans served from 1996 to 2002, when he was defeated in that year’s election. He held the offices of vice president and president during his term.

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“Larry has been active in the community, his church and is an active member of the (Jefferson County) NAACP,” Kable said. “He will help to bring diversity to the board.”

Schools Superintendent Susan Wall said she welcomes the opportunity to work with Togans again.

“I was a teacher when he was first elected,” she said.

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