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Beckley Mayor resigns in 3 months, who will take over?

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With a little more than three months until Beckley's Mayor Emmett Pugh resigns the community is wondering who will take over? With a little more than three months until Beckley's Mayor Emmett Pugh resigns the community is wondering who will take over?
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With a little more than three months until Beckley's Mayor Emmett Pugh resigns the community is wondering who will take over? Beckley Mayor Emmett Pugh will resign from his post on Dec. 31. According to city charter the Common Council has the power to appoint someone to the position. But just how will that be carried out?

"I think they should bring it to a vote," Holly Short from Eccles said.

Voting might seem like a reasonable solution to determine the next leader of Beckley-- but the next question is, who are the candidates to be voted on?

Some members of council believe the candidates should only be those on council. But, other members believe the candidate pool should be a lot larger and anyone should be able to apply for the position.

Short explains either option is ok with her, but she said whoever is the next mayor has

"He's done so much with this town. Just with the city of Beckley I mean just Uptown here alone he's kept everything upgraded," Short said.

The transition will be a difficult one the Mayor Pugh has held the title for 25 years.  One of the major projects the new leader will have to undertake is to figure out what should be done with the property where the uptown fire occurred in January 2012.

Some people in the community are hoping for local leaders to step aside and make way for someone new.

"Beckley needs a young leader for the simple fact there are a lot of old people here who run the community who don't want to give up their title and their position so I think a young leader would be able to help that but at the same time I think someone smart from a bigger city would be able to help us the best," Dexter Nelson of Raleigh County said.     

Beckley residents will have the chance to voice their opinion during an open meeting. The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will host a public meeting Thursday, September 19th at UC-Beckley starting at 6.