KEYSER - The Keyser City Council recently approved a recommendation by the Sanitary Board to hire a driver for the city's sludge truck.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser City Council recently approved a recommendation by the Sanitary Board to hire a driver for the city’s sludge truck.
The hire, however, prompted one city council member to defend their choice of candidates for the job.
According to mayor Damon Tillman, who also serves on the Sanitary Board, the board had advertised for a driver with CDL (commercial driver’s license) certification, interviewed the lone candidate, and “agreed unanimously” to hire Mark Tranum of Keyser.
“He has his CDLs and a certificate that he can train other drivers,” Tillman said.
The city has not yet received the sludge truck, which is currently being built and is expected to be delivered sometime in October. It will be used to haul sludge from the wastewater treatment plant.
“When Mark is not hauling sludge, he will be doing other things,” Tillman said.
Prior to taking a vote to approve the hire, however, council member Terry Liller spoke about their choice.
“Mark has been involved in some controversy in the past, but we feel confident in hiring a person with his credentials. I think it’s the right decision to make,” he said.
Tranum, who had filed to run for a spot on the city council earlier this year, later withdrew, citing a busy work schedule and family commitments. He withdrew too late, however, and his name remained on the ballot.
Liller made the motion to approve the hire, and William Zacot seconded it. The motion carried 4-0, with council member Jennifer Junkins absent.