MOUNDSVILLE - Marshall County Commissioner Brian Schambach announced Tuesday he will resign his commission post next year as he plans to moves out of the county.
County voters elected Schambach in 2010 to the open position left by longtime commissioner Howard L. "Biggie" Byard. His term runs through 2016.
Schambach said it was a personal decision to resign. He has not yet set a firm resignation date, noting he expects it to be in the latter part of 2014.
"Fortunately, I am leaving for all positive reasons," he said. "I am getting married in June 2014. I will be relocating out of the county the latter part of that year."
Schambach said his fiancee has two children attending school in Belmont County.
"Very simply, we don't want to take them out of that support system," he said.
Schambach said much has been done over the past few years, noting he and current commissioners Don Mason and Bob Miller and ex-commissioner Jason "Jake" Padlow have worked together to improve Marshall County.
"I am very proud of the job we have done as commissioners over the last three years with the gas drilling industry, pay raises for county employees, lowering taxes for the homeowners and the onset of the exciting process of our new 911, Office of Emergency Management and sheriff's structure," he said.
That structure will see those three county offices move into the former Jozabeth's building across from the existing courthouse. Originally proposed as an addition to the existing courthouse, Miller said Schambach was instrumental in negotiating the deal that could save the county as much as $4 million on the project.
"I ran for office because I wasn't happy with the original proposal," Miller said. "I was relieved when Brian came in and lined things up with the Jozabeth's building. He's done a lot of good things, but that is probably the best."
Schambach said he has no intention of becoming a "lame duck" for the remainder of his time in office.
"With the support the people gave me, I hope I've lived up to their expectations," he said. "I plan on finishing out 2014 and working diligently to complete as many objectives as feasible."
Meanwhile, Schambach said he has not ruled out a possible run for office in Belmont County once he gets settled.
Schambach's announcement comes two weeks after Mason announced he will not seek re-election next year for the position he's held for 28 years. That will leave Miller as the only current member of the commission to be in place at the beginning of 2015.
"Bob is a smart guy who is very detailed and analytical," Schambach said. "He will do a great job."