The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest News

June 18, 2013

Beckley Council will take no further action against Pugh

After seeking outside legal guidance to determine whether Beckley Common Council could remove Mayor Emmett Pugh from office, Councilmen-at-Large Tim Berry and Cedric Robertson have recommended that no further action should be taken against the mayor.

Although they have elected not to take action to remove the mayor from office, the two said according to their attorney, they had a right to do so.

Berry and Robertson released a joint statement after meeting with a Charleston attorney, who informed them that “our city charter is not outdated or voided by state law.”

At the last Common Council meeting, some debate was brought up about whether a state law stating that council would not have the legal authority to remove a mayor from office superseded a city charter.

“After reviewing the probable cause finding and the conciliatory agreement, the attorney felt we did have cause to remove the mayor. In fact, after review of our charter, he found we actually have an express duty to bring charges.”

Robertson and Berry explained that the process would entail council bringing forth charges, then voting on removing the mayor from office. If council voted to remove the mayor, he would remain in office until the county prosecutor brought charges. Three circuit court judges would then convene to make the decision.

“It was the opinion of the attorney that the mayor would ultimately be removed. The process would take a minimum of three months, possibly up to 11 months.”

The councilmen-at-large said they considered several factors while making their decision.

“The citizens would bare a high cost in prosecuting the case. The city would suffer more embarrassment. The mayor would also suffer additional embarrassment and substantial cost in legal fees… Since the mayor is leaving in January, it just did not make sense to seek early removal.”

Text Only
Latest News
  • forum1 VIDEO: Meet the Candidates

    ABOUT THE FORUM:
    The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Meet the Candidates forum Thursday morning at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

    April 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Forum: U.S. Senate and House

    U.S. Senate
    The lone candidate for U.S. Senate to attend the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Meet the Candidate Forum, David Wamsley, described himself as “the most liberal candidate, the most conservative candidate and the most moderate candidate” in the race. Wamsley said he believes each individual issue should be dealt with on its merits and not because of partisan politics.

    April 25, 2014

  • Forum: House of Delegates

    District 28
    Democratic House of Delegates candidates Jeffry Pritt and James Brown focused on issues dealing with the efficiency of the Legislature, crime, infrastructure and taxes.

    April 25, 2014

  • Forum: Board of Education

    Perennial board of education issues of technology, consolidation and truancy were among the questions dealt with Thursday by candidates for a seat on the Raleigh County Board of Education.

    April 25, 2014

  • After being line-item vetoed from state budget, Meadow Bridge to get $50,000 from WVDOE

    After the prospect was initially vetoed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in March, Fayette County School Superintendent Keith Butcher announced this week that the county will indeed receive funds for Meadow Bridge High School after all.

    April 25, 2014

  • ARH, BARH registered nurses to stage one-day strike

    A national labor union announced Thursday that registered nurses at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital will join colleagues at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Hazard, Ky., in staging a one-day strike May 1.

    April 25, 2014

  • expressway Coalfields Expressway developments detailed by WVDOT

    A convoy of press, public and politics raised clouds of dust along an unfinished corridor of the long-awaited Coalfields Expressway Thursday during an open tour of the construction zone.

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mercer County firefighters batting three different brush fires

    Firefighters are currently on the scene of at least three brush fires now burning in rural areas of Mercer County.

    April 24, 2014

  • BeverlyMagnumMUG.jpg Woman who attempted to rob bank at gunpoint captured in Tennessee

    A woman who attempted to rob a Bluefield bank at gunpoint has been captured in Tennessee , police said Thursday.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Former federal prison worker pleads guilty to sex offense

    A former federal prison employee pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Beckley to engaging in abusive sexual contact with a female inmate.

    April 24, 2014