BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Beckley City Council has announced an upcoming Common Council Workshop meeting set to take place on Thursday at which the City Manager form of Municipal Government will be the primary item of discussion.
The potential introduction of a City Manager for the Beckley area has been an ongoing topic of discussion for years now, with the idea having also received much local attention in May of 2022, at which time former City Councilman Tim Berry, who served multiple terms as a member of City Council expressed enthusiasm at the prospect, stating,
“I was pleased to see the city now looking at transitioning the local government to a City Manager. We looked at this 6-7 years ago. Several cities have already gone to this form of government years ago and [are] having success with it. I support this evolution of the City of Beckley for the future.”
This shift in government management would see Beckley pursuing a path already explored in areas like Bluefield, Charleston, and Oak Hill through the implementation of an individual tasked with maintaining daily operations for the city including budget management and administrative duties.
City Managers report to the City Council and are responsible not only for serving the residents of a given area, but also for adhering to the agenda of the council members to which they report.
The Workshop meeting will be held at 5:00pm on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at the Council Chambers in Beckley, WV.