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Beckley Mayor given Lifetime Achievement Award

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CHARLESTON, WVa.. (NEWS RELEASE)  During the West Virginia Municipal League's 44th Annual Conference, in Charleston, WV, city officials representing every region of the State were present for the League's Annual Awards ceremonies held to recognize various municipal leaders and projects.

Mayor Emmett Pugh, III of Beckley was recognized with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" by League President Mayor Dick Callaway of St. Albans. Mayor Pugh will be ending his 34 years of public service to the City of Beckley in December 2013.

Mayor Pugh is a native of Beckley and received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with a specialization in State and Local Government from the University of Alabama in 1973. He began his service to Beckley in 1979, serving as Councilman at Large until 1988, at which time he became Mayor of Beckley.
 
Mayor Pugh has served as the past President of the West Virginia Municipal League on three separate occasions and is the only person in the League's history to have done so. He has served as the Legislative Chairman of the West Virginia Municipal League during the years of 1994 through 2013, as well as, Chairman of the League's Program Services Board. He is a past president of the 4-C Economic Development Authority and Beckley Rotary Club as well as serving as the current Chairman of the Region I Planning and Development Council in Princeton, West Virginia, the Beckley Sanitary Board, the Pinecrest Development Corporation, and Beckley Renaissance. Other activities include Director of the Mountain State University Foundation, Board of Directors/Vice-President and past Campaign Chair of the United Way of Southern West Virginia, a member of the Raleigh County Airport Authority, a member of the Board of Trustees for Beckley Little League, and Vice Chairman of Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Lexington, Kentucky. He also serves as Chairman of the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board.
 
Previous awards Mayor Pugh has received include being named Mayor of the Year in 1998, receiving the West Virginia Municipal League Quiet Strength Award in 1997, being a recipient of four All Star Community Awards and the Paul Harris Fellow from the Beckley Rotary Club. He was also the proud recipient of the 2009 Spirit of Beckley Award. Mayor Pugh is a member of the National League of Cities, Moose International, NAACP, and the West Virginia Municipal League.
 
Former Councilmember of Clarksburg and Founder of "Amazing Cities" Jim Hunt, stated "Mayor Pugh has been a stalwart leader within the West Virginia Municipal League and was a driving force behind the Municipal Home Rule legislation. His leadership has positively impacted each and every city in West Virginia".
 
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On June 6, 2013, the Ethics Commission and Beckley Mayor Emmett Pugh entered into a conciliation agreement to settle the charges of using his public office for private gain, accepting impermissible gifts, and having a prohibited financial interest in public contracts. The settlement consisted of a public reprimand, divestiture of corporate ownership, $7,000 in reimbursement to the Ethics Commission, and an agreement not to hold public office or employment for five years beginning January 1, 2014.
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