KEYSER - Mayor Damon Tillmon told the packed city council chambers Monday that he looks forward to working together with the council and the public for a better City of Keyser.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Mayor Damon Tillmon told the packed city council chambers Monday that he looks forward to working together with the council and the public for a better City of Keyser.
He warned the crowd, however, that the city meetings will be operated in a professional manner and outbursts from the audience will not be tolerated.
“I want to thank those who voted for me, and I want to thank those who didn’t; I appreciate you coming out to vote,” he said.
“My slogan was ‘A new voice, a new vision,’ and I think you are going to see that as we move forward,” he said.
Tillman admitted that things might not always run smoothly for the city.
“To run a city isn’t easy. There are going to be some bumps and bruises,” he said, promising the crowd that he and the council members will do their best to act in the best interest of the city.
He invited the public to attend council meetings to stay informed about what is going on in their city.
“We want to make it very inviting for you to come see what’s happening,” he said.
“But we will be using ‘Robert’s Rules of Order.’ There will be no speaking from the audience,” he added, instructing the city residents to get their name placed on the agenda if they wish to speak to the mayor and council.
Those wishing to speak during the meeting were encouraged to contact city clerk Brandi Paugh by noon on the Friday before a regular Wednesday council meeting.
Tillman promised that, if he or the council members didn’t have an answer to a question asked by a citizen, they would find it by the next meeting.
He also said he hopes to end the bickering and back-stabbing that has become prevalent during and following the election.
Referring to a recent allegation that he had promised a dispatcher job to an applicant before he became mayor, Tillman acknowledged the need to hire dispatchers as soon as possible, with the retirement June 30 of Tom Roy and the resignation of another.
“We have some very good applicants,”  he said, noting that he had told one applicant she “would have an advantage” because she was already certified but he had not told her she had the job.
“We don’t want the back stabbing taht’s been going on; that’s not what we’re here for,” he said.
“We will act professionally.”
The first regularly scheduled council meeting under the new mayor and council will be Wednesday, July 11, at 4:30 p.m.