By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian
Monongah Town Council held a special meeting Thursday to vote on matters pertaining to Mayor Bill McCombs’ ability to hold his elected position while simultaneously fulfilling the role of water plant operator for the town.
Council member Greg Vandetta said he spoke with Joan Parker, the executive director of the West Virginia Ethics Commission, which enforces a code of ethical conduct enacted by the Legislature for public servants, about the potential conflict of interest.
Parker could not be reached for comment in time for this report.
According to Vandetta, Parker confirmed that McCombs cannot continue to hold both positions unless council requests, and receives, a contract exemption from the ethics commission.