1st Ward Councilman Jones Resigns

After citizen remarks were concluded at Weirton City Council’s regular meeting Monday, council members convened into an executive session to discuss personnel matters. When they returned, City Attorney Vince Gurrera made an unexpected announcement regarding 1st Ward Councilman Ronnie Jones’ position on City Council.

“Councilman Jones, after years of service, is moving from his ward. By city charter and city law, he can no longer serve as a councilman,” Gurrera stated.

“This is really hard on me. I’m telling you. It’s the hardest thing I’ve done,” Jones said, his voice heavy with emotion.

City Clerk Nicole Davis read Jones’ letter of resignation aloud.

“It is with deep regret that I must inform you of my decision to step down from my City Council post effective June 10, 2014. It is not a decision of choice, but one of necessity,” Jones’ letter read. “I will remain a Weirton resident and continue to serve as a delegate representing the good people of the first district and working for the state as a whole. My service on City Council has been very rewarding to me, and I will miss it. I have enjoyed working with you and have great faith in your abilities. I wish you all the best.”

In other business, council members presented Eli Tokash with a Mayor’s Award to recognize his upcoming performance in “Pippin” on Broadway. Tokash has been performing on stage since age 5.

“The City of Weirton would like to extend our sincerest congratulations and thanks for bringing honor and distinction to the citizens of Weirton. Good luck in all your future endeavors,” Mayor George Kondik said.