Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 1, 2014

Princeton City Council swears in Ealy as new mayor

PRINCETON — After a verbal vote was taken Monday, the Princeton City Council elected council member Tim Ealy to be the city’s next mayor.

The vote was conducted at noon during a special meeting of the council. Council member Dewey Russell nominated Ealy for mayor, and council member and outgoing mayor Patricia “Pat” Wilson nominated council member Jimm Norman.

Ealy, who represents Ward IV on the Princeton City Council, was elected mayor by a vote of four to three. He appointed council member James E. Harvey as vice mayor.

City Attorney Paul Cassell presided over the meeting.

Wilson and council member Jacqueline Rucker voted for Norman, and Norman voted for himself. Russell, council member Marshall Lytton and Harvey voted for Ealy. Ealy voted for himself.

City Clerk Ken Clay swore Ealy and Harvey into office immediately after the vote was concluded.

“Well, I hope to bring the council to unity, and the mayor is really a spokesman for the council,” Ealy said. “We are a team. No one person is more powerful than anybody else. I am a spokesman. I want to see the city move forward and grow.”

Wilson, who had been mayor for three years, said she decided not to run again because she could not work well with City Manager Elke Doom. In March, the city council voted to accept an offer to move city offices into the former Dean Company building off Stafford Drive. The city had planned to move into the former First Community Bank building on Mercer Street.

“Ever since I opposed the Dean Company purchase and the raise for our city manager, we have not been able to work well together. I’m hoping now that with new mayor and the new vice mayor that we can be cohesive and that she will include the full council in decision making instead of just the ones that agree with her,” Wilson said.

Doom was away on vacation Monday. She replied via email when asked for a comment about Monday’s special meeting.

“I have the utmost respect for all of our council members and enjoy working with each and every one of them, “ Doom wrote. “Ms. Wilson has been very vocal in her displeasure over council majority vote to accept the Dean building. My position is to review, analyze and make a recommendation, but council makes all final decisions. I am unclear as to her statement regarding salary. I have had no salary increase with the exception of the cost of living which was across the board for all employees.”

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