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Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council chief quits

Carol A. Goolsby said she is taking an opportunity to return to her passion in higher education and plans to teach

August 22, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The executive director of the Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council has resigned, Berkeley County Councilman Jim Barnhart announced Thursday at the council’s weekly meeting.

Carol A. Goolsby, whose resignation is effective today, said she is taking an opportunity to return to her passion in higher education and plans to teach. 

Goolsby, who tendered her resignation Monday, is leaving after more than seven years in the position. In her tenure, the council’s staff has grown from one full-time and one part-time position to seven full-time positions, she said.

“I think the organization is in a very good position,” Goolsby said. “I’m very pleased with the work that the council has done.”

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The council assists smaller, local governments in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties with grant writing and administration for projects, such as water and sewer improvements.

The council also has worked on regional issues, including Chesapeake Bay restoration-related regulations, transportation improvements and high-speed Internet access, Goolsby said.

Informally dubbed Region 9, the council is federally funded, and receives matching money from state and local governments. It also receives administration fees for administering projects, a portfolio that has grown considerably with the region’s growth, Goolsby said. 

The job has provided her with a good learning experience that she can build upon, she said.

Goolsby said she needed to resign rather quickly since classes begin Monday.

Barnhart said he didn’t see Goolsby’s resignation letter until Wednesday.

A special meeting will be held to decide how to replace Goolsby, according to Barnhart, who serves as president of the council board.

— Matthew Umstead

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