Conway tapped to fill West Jeff council seat

Messenger photo by Sandi Latimer Michael Conway takes the oath of office.
Messenger photo by Sandi Latimer
Michael Conway takes the oath of office.

(Posted June 2, 2016)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

Michael W. Conway is the newest member of West Jefferson’s village council. He was appointed and took the oath of office at a special meeting on May 31.

Conway fills the seat vacated by Herman Stanley, who resigned in April after he learned his elective office jeopardized his state pension. Stanley was elected to council in November 2015.

Conway, 49, a businessman, was sworn in by Mayor Ray Martin. He said he is “ready to step up and do his part.”

After taking his seat alongside the other council members, he stated, “The view from here is different from out there,” referring to audience seating in council chambers.

Conway has been a regular council meeting attendee and made a run for an at-large position on council in the fall election. Stanley, Doug Eakins and Jim King won the three open at-large seats in that election. Conway was the next highest vote-getter.

To give Conway time to get up to speed on village business, council pushed back public hearings scheduled for the June 6 council meeting to June 20.

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