Bill Zanieski, chair of the city's Human Rights Commission, was sworn in as Weirton's 1st Ward council representative Wednesday at the Municipal Building.
"I just want to thank council for having the faith in me to select me for this position. Once I get through the orientation process, I hope I can be a very responsible government official responding to the needs of the people ... and, at the same time, all of the residents of Weirton," Zanieski stated.
City Attorney Vincent Gurrera, 7th Ward Councilman Terry Weigel, Mayor George Kondik, 2nd Ward Councilman Chuck Wright, 4th Ward Councilman George Ash Sr. and City Manager Valerie Means were on hand as Zanieski took his oath.
"I've known you all my life ... I feel that we will do a lot of good things together, and you'll have all the support of everyone who works for the city," Kondik said.
Zanieski resides on McKinley Road and has been a lifelong resident of Weirton. He graduated from Madonna High School in 1964 and attended Syracuse University, where he earned a degree in sociology in 1969. He received a master's degree in sociology from West Virginia University in 1992.
"I want to thank Bill for accepting the position. I think he'll do an excellent job. I know he cares about the residents ... and I know he'll be responsible to them," Ash said.
Zanieski is replacing Ronnie Jones, Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates who represents District 1, who resigned June 10 because he moved outside of the ward.