KEYSER - Keyser mayor Damon Tillman has called a special meeting of the Keyser City Council for Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 5 p.m.

By Liz Beavers
lbeaverse@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Keyser mayor Damon Tillman has called a special meeting of the Keyser City Council for Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 5 p.m.
According to a notification from city administrator Amanda Brafford, the purpose of the meeting is to “discuss the demand letter from the attorney representing Karol Ashenfelter.”
Ashenfelter, who was ousted from her seat on the council in a vote by the remaining four members on July 11, 2018, filed a claim against the council in July 2019 stating that the ouster had violated her civil rights and that the action against her was retaliatory in nature.
In the letter to the council, filed by attorney Gregory A. Bailey of Charles Town, it was stated, “There is substantial evidence that the basis for removing Ms. Ashenfelter was in retaliation for her expressed complaints of serious fiscal misappropriation of town financial resources. “Additionally, Ms. Ashenfelter objected to meetings between town officials that violated the West Virginia Open Governmental Proceedings Act.“
Attorney Scott McClure, representing the City of Keyser, filed a response to Bailey’s letter, saying “it goes without saying that the City of Keyser denies the allegations concerning Ms. Ashenfelter’s removal from council.”
The response went on to say that Ashenfelter had no right to protection under the Whistleblower Act because she was an elected official and not a paid employee of the city.
McClure also stated that, even if Ashenfelter had a right to file a suit, the statue of limitations had expired since she was removed from office.
Attempts by the News Tribune to obtain a copy of the latest correspondence to the city from Ashenfelter’s attoiney were not immediately answered.