Wheeling’s New City Clerk Learning on the Job

New Wheeling City Clerk Brenda J. “B.J.” Delbert, right, continues learning the ropes from longtime Clerk Janice Jones, whom she will replace in January.

For about a week, incoming Wheeling City Clerk Brenda J. “B.J.” Delbert has been digging through records and finding her way around the third floor of the City-County Building under the tutelage of retiring City Clerk Janice Jones.

Jones believes Delbert will be more than ready to take on the position by herself on Jan. 25 when Jones retires from the role in which she has served since 1994.

“Brenda is a pleasure to train. She is a very quick study,” Jones said Friday as the two worked side-by-side in the office they are now sharing. “I think she will do very well.”

Delbert, a 2004 Wheeling Park High School graduate who holds a master’s of business administration degree, previously worked as a deputy clerk in Ohio County Circuit Clerk Brenda Miller’s office.

Delbert also attended her first meetings of Wheeling City Council and the Board of Zoning Appeals this week.

“It’s all very interesting to learn,” she said.

In Wheeling, the clerk is one of three positions, along with the city manager and finance director, to be directly appointed by the mayor and council.

Other employees serve at the discretion of the the city manager and/or the department heads the manager appoints.

Delbert earned her MBA from Fairmont State University, while she attained her bachelor’s degree in marketing from West Virginia University. Prior to joining Miller’s staff, she spent several years as a store manager for Bath and Body Works.