By Wendy Holdren
City of Beckley Mayor Emmett Pugh was recently honored with a West Virginia Municipal League Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I was surprised to say the least,” Pugh said.
He received the award during the annual Municipal League conference in Charleston during the second week of August.
“This award just embodies the work I’ve done for the league over the years.”
He said he joined the league in 1989 and was named treasurer during his first year.
Since then, he served as president of the league three separate times, the first time in the 1990s.
At the time, he was the only person to have served as president three times.
He has been on the Board of Directors since joining in 1989.
He has also served as the Legislative Chairman since 1994, helping with legislative issues that affect cities and towns all across the state.
Additionally, Pugh has served as the Chairman of the Home Rule Board and the Chairman of Program Services for over 10 years.
“I’ve put in a lot of time. It’s something you believe in.”
He said he saw a need for cities and towns in the state to be tied together, working toward a common goal.
With his help and the help of the other league members, there is now a 100 percent participation rate from 232 towns and cities in West Virginia.
“I am extremely humbled to receive this award from my peers. These are the people you deal with on an ongoing basis and I’m just humbled to be honored that way.”
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