- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

MARMET, W.Va. (AP) - The town of Marmet has a new mayor. David Fontalbert replaces Bill Pauley, the town’s longtime leader, who was removed from office after admitting that he violated election laws by encouraging people from outside of town to vote for his list of candidates.

City council members voted 4-1 on Thursday to name Fontalbert, who served as the town recorder three years ago and was sworn in immediately after the vote.

“I’m pleased, I’m excited and I believe we have the council to move this town forward,” said Fontalbert. “I just want to say let’s get to work, guys.”

Pauley was removed from office by a three-judge panel in February. He signed a conciliation agreement in September saying he knowingly violated city election laws.

Fontalbert was selected ahead of candidates Bobby Wells and Jennings Snodgrass. He will hold his new position until next year’s election.

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