By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian
Monongah Town Council opened its regularly scheduled meeting Monday under the direction of one mayor and concluded it under the direction of another.
Bill McCombs officially stepped down from his position as mayor due to a conflict between his elected position and his employment as the town’s water plant operator.
Council members voted to appoint councilman Greg Vandetta to fill McCombs’ seat.
Councilman Warren Sloan nominated Vandetta. Sloan and councilwoman Bertha Wilson voted in favor of Vandetta, while council members Sanford Carr and Charlie Parker voted against having Vandetta fill the seat.
Recorder Patty McCombs broke the tie by voting for Vandetta. He was officially sworn in at the meeting.
“There was no easy solution to this thing,” Vandetta said. “We know there are a lot of people who ran before that thought they should be considered because they were on the ballot, but the election is over with so this wasn’t an election issue anymore.”
Vandetta said he hopes to carry on the efforts that have been put forth by past and current members of council into the future.