Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 10, 2013

Commission vacancy: An opportunity to serve

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — Area residents interested in serving their community, and helping to advance our region, are strongly urged to consider submitting an application for a vacancy on the Mercer County Commission.

A new commissioner is needed to fill the vacancy created by the death of long-time commissioner Joe Coburn, who passed away Oct. 3 at his home in Athens. Coburn was serving his third consecutive term with the county commission at the time of his death.

A new temporary commissioner must be appointed to complete the remainder of Coburn’s term. Resumes and applications for the position will be accepted until Oct. 18. A commissioner must be appointed to the vacant post no later than Nov. 3.

To fill the vacancy, candidates must be Democrats and reside in the county’s Third Magisterial District. Coburn was a Democrat. The requirements are mandated by the West Virginia State Code.

The Third District encompasses outlying areas of Mercer County including Oakvale, Matoaka, Lashmeet, Spanishburg, the Gardner area, Flat Top, Sun Valley, and parts of Montcalm, according to information at the county Voter Registration Office.

Resumes should be mailed to the Mercer County Commission, 1501 West Main St., Suite 210, Princeton, W.Va., 24740.

The temporary appointment is a critical decision, and one that county commissioners Mike Vinciguerra and Gene Buckner must carefully consider.

Coburn’s term was set to end on Dec. 31, 2014. Whoever is selected to fill the board vacancy would also have the option of running for the seat in the May 2014 primary election.

Concerned citizens in the Third Magisterial District of Mercer County should give ample consideration to the vacancy on the county commission. Those who have a desire to serve, advance and better their community should apply.

All concerned residents of the Third Magisterial District should consider getting a resume ready. The sooner you can mail it the better. But definitely submit it before the Oct. 18 deadline.

If you have a sincere interest in serving your community, and bettering Mercer County, you should consider submitting a resume.

It is our hope that the commissioners will have a robust selection of well-qualified and well-intended candidates to choose from.

The more resumes submitted, the better.