Mayor of West Virginia capital gets achievement award

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of West Virginia’s capital has been granted a lifetime achievement award just months before he leaves the role he’s held since 2003.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Charleston Mayor Danny Jones was presented Thursday with a West Virginia Municipal League award dedicated to municipal officers who make a difference. Municipal League Director Lisa Dooley says he’s the fourth person to receive the award in 26 years.
Jones said Thursday that self-service has taken over public service, referencing how lawmakers recently voted to impeach several state Supreme Court justices over improper spending. Jones passed a half-cent sales tax increase to fund police and fire pensions in 2014 and recently stood against the city’s needle exchange program, which has since been suspended. He’s not seeking re-election this year.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail,