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UPDATE: Bill O'Brien chosen as new Beckley mayor

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BECKLEY (WVVA) - For the first time in more than two decades, Beckley has a new mayor.

Candidate Bill O'Brien received the required number of votes from city council members Thursday evening to earn the position.

O'Brien succeeds longtime Mayor Emmett Pugh, who stepped down at the end of 2013 as part of an agreement with the West Virginia Ethics Commission.

O'Brien is a former on-air personality and general manager of WJLS radio.

O'Brien will serve the remainder of Pugh's term through 2016, at which time a public election will be held.

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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- In just a few hours the people of Beckley will know the name of their new city leader.  A special meeting is being held where the council will vote on who will be the next mayor.

This comes after former Mayor Emmett Pugh resigned at the end of 2013 as part of an agreement with the West Virginia Ethics Commission.

The four people who have been vocal about wanting the position are current city council members, Ann Worley and Cedric Robertson, former mayoral candidate, Tony Martin, and former radio host, Bill O'Brien.

"Anybody who's a resident of Beckley is a candidate today in a way," says Byrd White, the city's Recorder/Treasurer.  "Council does not have to choose from those four.  They can choose anyone who is over 18, not a felon, and a resident of Beckley."

Only city council members can make nominations and vote.  Worley and Robertson cannot vote for themselves.

A majority must be reached in order to have a new mayor. 

"Regardless of the outcome tonight, [I hope] that the citizens get behind their new mayor and give that support," says Tim Berry, councilman at large.  "And above all, give your support to the city itself."

Whoever is appointed by council will serve through the end of Pugh's term in 2016.  There will be a public election again for the mayor then. 

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