KEYSER - Long-time Keyser resident Robert G. “Buck” Eagle Jr. has been appointed to serve as the interim city administrator.


By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Long-time Keyser resident Robert G. “Buck” Eagle Jr. has been appointed to serve as the interim city administrator.
Eagle, who was appointed by mayor Damon Tillman and approved by the Keyser City Council on a 4-0 vote Wednesday evening, will serve as city administrator until the position can be advertised and a permanent person hired.
Although a newly-elected mayor has the ability to either appoint or keep the current city administrator and other key positions in the city once he takes office, former administrator Randy Amtower had resigned from the position on June 30, leaving Tillman with an empty position to fill.
Eagle comes to the City of Keyser with a background in finance and business management.
He just retired in 2015 as the dean of academic and student services at Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College, a position he had held since 2007.  Prior to that was the school’s director of financial aid for six years.
From 1984-2001 he served as director of financial aid at Potomac State College.
He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Frostburg State University, a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from West Virginia University, and an associate degree in business administration from Potomac State College.
He has served for the past three years as president of the Mineral County Development Authority.
Eagle told the crowd packed into the city council chamber Wednesday evening that he “would like to see the city move in a direction where they establish short- and long-term goals” so they can “see where we want to go.”
He said he chooses to look at solutions rather than problems, and called himself a “big fan of new ideas and new vision.”
Council member Karol Ashenfelter made a motion to approve Eagle’s appointment as interim administrator, and William Zacot seconded it.
The motion passed 4-0, with council member Eric Murphy being absent.