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Beckley city council debating interim mayor selection process

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BECKLEY (WVVA) - Beckley's City Council is split on how to go about picking an interim mayor.

The city's longtime mayor, Emmett Pugh is stepping down at the end of this year in an agreement with the West Virginia Ethics Commission.

Pugh had been under investigation on allegations that he had used his position as mayor for the financial gain of himself and others.

A settlement was reached between Pugh and investigators in June.

MORE: Details of the Pugh settlement

One idea being discussed is to include the public and hold workshops during the process of selecting a new mayor.

Council members have differing opinions, whether or not to entertain this idea, or keep the decision amongst themselves. 

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