MARTINSBURG, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Martinsburg City Manager Mark Baldwin has announced his retirement.
Martinsburg City Council appointed Andrew “Andy” P. Blake as Martinsburg’s City Manager at its September 14, 2023, regular meeting.
Blake’s appointment is effective October 28, 2023, upon the retirement of City Manager Mark S. Baldwin who was recognized and inducted into the West Virginia Municipal League Hall of Fame.
City Manager Baldwin announced his intent to retire in June after 27 years of service to the City of Martinsburg.
“I congratulate Andy on his appointment to City Manager and I look forward to our continued working relationship to move Martinsburg forward,” said Mayor Kevin Knowles.
Mayor Knowles continued, “After working with Andy the last three years and conducting an extensive interview, City Council and I unanimously believe, and Andy has proven that he possesses the experience, knowledge and ability to seamlessly transition and continue our progress.”
Blake has served as Martinsburg’s Assistant City Manager since June 2020 and has 20 years of experience as a private sector lawyer representing local governmental entities, an in-house city attorney and as a city manager.
His appointment as Martinsburg’s City Manager comes nearly two decades after getting his professional start in the early 2000’s representing the City of Martinsburg as its planning and zoning lawyer, prosecutor and substitute general counsel.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Shepherd University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from the West Virginia University College of Law.
Blake is currently the president of the West Virginia City Manager’s Association. He is married to his 1996 high school homecoming dance date, Jamie. Andy and Jamie have two boys – Carter and Max.
Current City Manager Mark Baldwin states, “I have known Andy for 20 years and first met him when he was one of Martinsburg’s lawyers at Bowles Rice. I followed his career and we have served on many local, regional and state boards and commissions together with a common goal of strengthening and bettering the Eastern Panhandle and our state.”
“In that time we have bounced ideas off each other as colleagues and have become friends. In 2020, when we decided to hire an Assistant City Manager, Andy’s experience and knowledge rose to the top. He has had his fingerprints on every decision we have made since his hire and made an immediate impact.”
”He is very familiar with the internal processes, budgets and workings of the City. I congratulate Andy and look forward to watching him implement his ideas alongside the Mayor and City Council to make Martinsburg even more successful and a quality place to live.”
Blake stated, “Over the last three years I have had the opportunity to work closely with our employees and I look forward to providing continued leadership in the future. Our 200+ employees are the backbone of our governmental services and I very much appreciate their work and dedication.“
The City of Martinsburg is the largest municipality in the Eastern Panhandle and sixth largest municipality in West Virginia with a population of almost 19,000.