City seeking Fourth Ward representative

ELKINS — Elkins City Council is accepting resumes for a new Fourth Ward representative.

Council member Marly Hazen’s resignation becomes official on June 30. Hazen is moving to Morgantown.

Council will appoint a replacement to fill the rest of Hazen’s unexpired term, Hazen was elected to her first term on council in March 2017.

The city will be accepting resumes for the Fourth Ward council seat until 4:30 p.m. Friday. Resumes can be submitted to City Clerk Jessica Sutton at 401 Davis Avenue, Room 212, or electronically to jsutton@cityofelkinswv.com.

Anyone interested in being appointed must live in Fourth Ward and be eligible to vote in municipal elections.

Within five business days of the end of the application period, Sutton will forward the resumes of all eligible applicants to council members and Mayor Van Broughton. Every eligible applicant will be given the opportunity to interview for the position. The council members and mayor will be informed of the date and time of interviews scheduled by Sutton.

The interviews will be conducted by all available council members and Broughton. Standard interview questions will be asked and scored, the averages of which will be calculated by Sutton.

If any council member or the mayor is unable to attend all of the scheduled interviews, their scores will not included in any of the averages.

Within three business days after the interviews are concluded, Sutton will provide the average scores to council and the mayor, and a special call meeting will be held to determine an appointee.

A resolution authorizing the appointment will be presented at the next regular council meeting.

Hazen became a controversial figure last month when she proposed that city council change the name of Robert E. Lee Avenue, renaming it in honor of Katherine Johnson, a renowned NASA mathematician who is a West Virginia native.

A multitude of people took to social media to speak out against Hazen’s proposal, and a pair of residents opposed it during the public comment section at the next council meeting.

The proposal died during the May 23 Municipal Properties Committee meeting, when Hazen could not garner any support from other council members.