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Dunbar mayor won't seek another term

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dunbar Mayor Jack Yeager said he is not running for re-election.

Yeager was first appointed in 2008 to fill the unexpired term of former Dunbar Mayor Roger Wolfe, who was removed from office. In 2009, at the end of that term, Yeager ran for the office and was elected.

But Yeager, 75, said he decided not to run for another term.

"I didn't file for it this time," Yeager said.

"I came in with an agenda, and I had eight or 10 goals to accomplish," he said. "I've accomplished most of them."

Yeager said most of what he wanted to do as mayor has either been done or is being done. He wanted to straighten out the town's financial situation, and said he helped do so. He also wanted to work on revising the city's ordinances, which is underway.

Yeager said he also helped set up a city recreation program and worked with Dunbar City Council to bring economic development to town. "We just opened up four more businesses in the city," he said.

Last year, Dunbar took over the operation of Shawnee Park, near Institute, ending several years of discussion over who would be responsible for the park. Under the arrangement, the Kanawha County parks board runs the Shawnee golf course, but Dunbar runs the pool, clubhouse, ball field and picnic shelters.

"Shawnee Park is critical to western Kanawha County," Yeager said. He said the park provides much-needed recreational activities for residents of Institute, West Dunbar and Dunbar.

Dunbar's city primary election is March 30, with the general election scheduled for June 4. Candidates who have filed to run for mayor are Street Commissioner Terry Greenlee and Ramona Ward, who moved to Dunbar in May.

Yeager said it is time for someone else to step in.

"The next four years in Dunbar are going to be primarily years of construction," he said, referring to actual brick-and-mortar building projects in Dunbar. "I think someone with more construction experience would be better."

Yeager said he intends to continue teaching part time at Marshall University, but said he would still be active in Dunbar.

"I'm not leaving," he said. "I'm just stepping down."

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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