The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 16, 2014

Raleigh BOE to replace Susman on Tuesday

Raleigh County Board of Education members expect to appoint a new member during the July 22 regular BOE meeting, Raleigh BOE President Rick Snuffer said.

The appointee will assume the seat left vacant by Sally Susman, who last month announced her resignation effective July 1.

BOE officials had reported in June that the appointee would complete Susman’s term, which expires in 2016, but have since learned that the seat will be on the November general election ballot.

The appointed candidate will serve until November and must then be elected if they want to serve out the rest of the term, said Snuffer.

The candidate who wins the November election will begin serving as soon as the Raleigh County Clerk’s Office certifies the election, said Snuffer.

The term will end June 30, 2016.

Snuffer said “a number” of candidates have applied for the spot and that BOE members are considering the appointment of a candidate who doesn’t plan to seek election to the seat.

“It will be a possibility that we may not even want somebody who’s going to want to run, (rather) just someone who will go on the interim,” said Snuffer. “I don’t know if that will be the final consideration or not.”

Snuffer said candidates for the November general election must file between Aug. 4 and Aug. 19.

On July 7, BOE members Cindy Jafary and Larry Ford and newly elected member Charlotte Hutchinson were sworn in as board members, Snuffer reported.

Snuffer and Ford were voted president and vice-president, respectively, he added.

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