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Monday, September 20, 2021 at 9 p.m. UPDATE: ALDERSON, WV (WVNS) — Travis Copenhaver will remain the Mayor of Alderson.

Alderson Town Council held a special meeting Monday, September 20, 2021 to give community members the chance to air grievances regarding felony and misdemeanor charges against Mayor Travis Copenhaver. He is facing charges of burglary, assault, child endangerment, and conspiracy. 

More than 50 people attended the meeting to speak to town council. Copenhaver was at the meeting and many spoke to him directly.

“We’re just tired of the drama and that’s why everybody’s here. We’re tired of the drama, we want to go back to being a sleepy, quiet little town,” Ryan Keese said.

“I would hope that if I was ever in a situation such as the current mayors in, that I would have enough respect to the town that I supposedly cared about, that I would step down as mayor. At least until the muddy water is clear. If he’s innocent, that’s the right thing to do. If he’s guilty, it’s definitely the right thing to do,” Roger Bennett said.

Last week, a petition asking town council to remove Copenhaver from his position received 120 signatures; however, according to WV Code 667, council does not have that power.

As of Monday, September 20, Copenhaver will continue to serve as Mayor of Alderson.

Copenhaver’s personal attorney released a statement on behalf of his client:

I am counsel for Travis Lee Copenhaver in regards to the above-styled criminal action currently pending in Magistrate Court of Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Accordingly, I have advised him to make no public or private statements to any individual or entity regarding the charges. This is a matter of routine in any pending criminal case.

As always, the defendant in a pending criminal case in America is innocent until proven guilty. These are guarantees under the state and federal constitutions. My client absolutely maintains his innocence and is confident that after being provided with his constitutionally-required due process, that he will be vindicated of the allegations. While this process takes place, my client will continue to serve as the mayor of the Town of Alderson, as he has done for the past eight and a half years. He has resigned as a municipal judge in the Town of Alderson, until such time as the pending charges are resolved.

John H. Bryan, Counsel for Travis Lee Copenhaver

ALDERSON, WV (WVNS) — Town of Alderson officials confirmed Travis Copenhaver resigned as municipal judge; however, he is still mayor.

Town council met Thursday, September 9, 2021, for a meeting while Copenhaver was not there. One of the items on the agenda was related to personnel matter. Before council went into executive session for more than an hour, several community members stood up to voice their opinions.

“I have lived here since I was four-years-old and I love this town. I am embarrassed,” Dawn Painter said.

“His [Copenhaver} heart is in this town, but his conduct is not,” Herbert Burdette said.

Town council came to a short term conclusion on the personnel matter. They requested Copenhaver refrain from any mayoral duties until September 20th, when a special meeting will take place. Council said they would like to hear from Copenhaver and will continue with the next steps at that public meeting.

This comes after Copenhaver is facing a charge of burglary, assault, conspiracy, and child neglect creating risk of injury from an incident back in June. 

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