CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Because of population loss in Charleston, the city will need to redistrict some wards in time for the 2015 election, according to city officials.
A redistricting committee will be appointed at Monday evening's City Council meeting, Mayor Danny Jones said.
He would not say Friday who is being considered for the committee of nine.
Charleston's population was 51,400 in the 2010 Census, down nearly 4 percent from 2000, when the population was 53,421. More recent estimates from the Census Bureau put Charleston's population at 51,018 in 2012, a 0.6 percent drop from 2010.
City Manager David Molgaard said there were population shifts in the city -- most notably gains in the South Hills wards 14 and 20, as well as in eastern wards 11 and 12 -- that put those wards out of the allowable deviation.
Wards must have a population range of 2,326 to 2,570 people, Molgaard said.
Molgaard said the West Side as a whole saw a decline in population. This shift could change the makeup of the City Council, Jones said.