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UPDATE: Details of Beckley mayor's ethics settlement released

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BECKLEY (WVVA) - The state Ethics Commission has released details of the settlement reached with Beckley Mayor Emmett Pugh regarding charges that he used his position in office for personal gain.

Pugh has been publicly reprimanded by the commission, according to a released received by WVVA News on Friday.

Also, Pugh must divest himself of all ownership interest in ATV at the Rock, Inc. -- which the commission says Pugh received in exchange for services such as working certain weekends at the general store at Burning Rock Outdoor Park.

Pugh admitted to no wrongdoing in the settlement.

Pugh will also pay $7,000 as reimbursement to the Ethics Commission for the costs of the investigation in the complaints.

In addition, the release from the commission states the Pugh shall not hold public office or employment, including appointment to public boards or commissions for five years.

In a statement from Pugh on Thursday, the longtime mayor stated his announcement to retire at the end of 2013 "was not a condition of the settlement."

View the 12-page Conciliation Agreement from the Ethics Commission

View the order of sanctions imposed


BECKLEY (WVVA) - Beckley Mayor Emmett Pugh says that he and the state Ethics Commission have reached an agreement on charges brought against him -- and that he plans to retire at the end of the year.

Pugh said in a statement first released to city officials that there was no admission of guilt on his part in the agreement and that he and the commission "agree to disagree."

Pugh went on to say that he did agree to certain conditions as part of the settlement that "(he) can certainly live with." He did not elaborate further on those conditions in the statement.

Last month a judge in the case granted a continuance so both parties could try and work out a settlement.

The longtime mayor said that the decision to retire -- effective Jan. 1, 2014 -- was not a condition of the settlement, but rather a decision based on his "lost passion" for public service.

As initially reported on WVVA.com in April 2012, the charges against Pugh stemmed from allegations that he had used his position for the financial gain of himself and others.

Specifically, Pugh was alleged to have received more than $12,000 worth of ownership interests in companies in exchange for providing city contracts and free use of city resources.

View the original 19-page statement of charges against Pugh

Following is the full statement released by Pugh Thursday:

I wanted to let you know that the Ethics Commission and I have reached an agreement regarding the charges that they brought against me four years ago. The short version is that there is no admission of guilt on my part to any of the charges. We simply agree to disagree. I did agree to certain conditions that I can certainly live with. I assume that you will be able to research the conciliation agreement once they put it on their web site. If you want to call me I can also give you the details.
I am also announcing that I will retire from the city on January 1, 2014. This was not a condition of the settlement but was a stipulated fact in the agreement. These past four years have not been pleasant for me or my family and I feel it is in my best interests to retire. I have lost my passion for public service. Someone once told me that if you love your job you have never worked a day in your life. Most of my service to the city has been like that but I now find that I have lost that zeal. There are also other issues that have weighed in my decision to leave.
Please feel free to contact me if you want any further information.


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