- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Ethics Commission has been reconstituted with fewer members. But most of them are familiar faces.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin reappointed seven members to the commission on Monday. The governor also named two new members, Karen Disibbio of Bluefield and Larry Tweel of Huntington, media outlets reported.

A law approved this year by the Legislature reduced the commission’s members from 12 to nine. The law also established new requirements for the board’s composition.

Board members must include a former state lawmaker; former officials elected to a county, city or school board position; a representative from a rural district; and four citizen members. No more than five commission members can represent any political party and no more than four can be from the same congressional district.

Members who were reappointed are: former State Police superintendent and state Sen. Jack Buckalew, Morgantown lawyer Monte Williams, former Delegate Terry Walker of Shepherdstown, former Secretary of State Betty Ireland, former Logan County school board member Robert Wolfe, Michael Greer of Salem and Suzan Singleton of Glen Dale.

Disibbio, Tweel, Walker, Williams and Wolfe are Democrats. Buckalew, Ireland and Greer are Republicans. Singleton is listed as an Independent.

Greer was one of the Ethics Commission’s original members in 1989.

Tomblin appointed Wolfe to serve as interim chairman at the commission’s first meeting, which has not been scheduled.

Wolfe said Tomblin’s reappointment of seven members will help give the commission continuity.

“When you put all new marbles into the game, no one knows how they’ll splatter,” Wolfe told The Charleston Gazette (https://bit.ly/1lPahLu ).

Rebecca Stepto, the commission’s interim executive director, said the commission staff looks forward to working with the new and returning commissioners.

“We need them and we’re glad that we have a new, full commission,” Stepto told the Charleston Daily Mail (https://bit.ly/1iRB76D ).

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