Deanna J. Hess was named Moundsville's first full-time female city manager during the city's regular City Council meeting Tuesday.
She has been the interim city manager since Allen Hendershot retired from the position at the end of last year. Hess has worked for the last 15 years as the city's office manager and has filled in for Hendershot on occasion.
"I'm happy," she said after the meeting. "I think I'll do fine. I've lived here all my life and I have good department heads. I'm looking forward to working with City Council and the department heads to keep going forward with what we've been doing. My door is always open."
Photo by Art Limann
Following the regular council meeting, new Moundsville City Manager Deanna J. Hess, left, is sworn in by City Clerk Sondra Hewitt. She was approved for the position during the regular meeting Tuesday.
Hess admitted she was asked to apply for the position. Three other applicants who were to be offered interviews will be notified the position has been filled.
Mayor Dennis Wallace said he felt she "will do a fine job." All other council members, including Councilman Phil Remke, who voted against the motion to approve her selection, added their congratulations and their belief she would do well. Councilman David Wood noted her experience. Remke said he voted "no" because he wanted the opportunity to ask more questions.
In other action, council approved a resolution authorizing the application of a grant for the Strand Theatre through the Community Participation Program.
Council was told vents have been installed in the Volunteer Fire Department's garage, behind the firehouse on First Street and they were to be inspected. In addition council was told by Street Commissioner Jim Richmond the city has only used about 25 percent of what was used last year to treat city roads because of the warm winter.
He also noted he was losing personnel in his department and was having trouble attracting drivers with CDL drivers licenses because they are being offered higher paying jobs with gas and oil companies.
A vacancy on the Moundsville Planning Commission was reported and the position will be advertised.