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McKenzie Recounts Search for Vice Mayor

July 8, 2008 - Joselyn King
Wheeling Mayor Andy McKenzie last week began his speech to the Wheeling Lions club with a few quips at the expense of his vice mayor, Eugene Fahey.

McKenzie said that when he sat down to decide who would be his vice mayor, he carefully considered the qualifications of all members of council and picked the one he thought would do the best job.

"But that person turned me down," McKenzie said tongue in cheek.

He continued on to say that he next approached a second council member, who also "turned down the job," which then took him to the city solicitor's office.

"I asked them, "What do you if nobody wants to be vice mayor?" McKenzie said. "They said, 'We don't know.' That's never happened before."

Somebody in the room then suggested Fahey for the position, McKenzie said.

"Gene Fahey? I really hadn't considered him," McKenzie said with a smile.

Members of the Wheeling Lions enjoyed the humor, as both McKenzie and Fahey are members.

McKenzie then spoke in earnest of his vice mayor.

"I have all the faith in the world in Gene," he said. "I really had not had a lot of interaction anyone else on council.

"I've known Gene for a long time. I was close to his dad, and Jack helped me when I ran for Senate. We are close."


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