Proposed Huntington Sanitary Board Appointments Temporarily Off Table; City Attorney Deems Insco Ineligible to Serve

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Jim Insco File Photo
Jim Insco File Photo

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – Call it a “High Noon” styled revelation. Minutes before the Huntington City Council Personnel Committee planned to convene to interview two proposed appointments to the Huntington Sanitary Board a statute temporarily pulled the item off the table.

The personnel committee had planned on interviewing both Alex Vence and former City Council chairman Jim Insco for two positions on the board. However, City Attorney Scott McClure told personnel committee chairman Russ Houck and Insco that state law forbids an elected official or city employee from serving on a board.

At the work session, which started about ten minutes late, Houck asked that the two appointments be postponed until the next council meeting. Vence will still be recommended, but due to the legal interpretation, Insco has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Mark Bates, council chairman, told HNN following the work session, that “we will begin looking for another appointment to the Sanitary Board [to replace Insco].”

In addition, the Sanitation and Trash Enterprise Fund will have its budget considered Saturday morning Feb. 28, rather than March 10.

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