BECKLEY, W.Va. — Beckley has a new mayor and he’s no stranger to Beckley residents. Retired broadcaster Bill O’Brien was chosen by Beckley Council members in a special meeting Thursday night.

O’Brien, who will be sworn-in as mayor at 1 p.m. Friday in council chambers, replaces 25-year mayor Emmett Pugh who resigned as part of a settlement with the West Virginia Ethics Commission.

O’Brien spent his career in radio as a longtime broadcaster and later owner of WJLS Radio. Many of those years he was broadcasting high school football and basketball games.

O’Brien will serve the remaining two and a half years of Pugh’s term. He was one of six people interested in the job.


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  • Joann Cooper

    I live at Ghent in Raleigh County on the Bob Vines Road and i would like to inquire about getting some speed bumps on this street. There are several teenagers that speed up thise street day and night. They are drinking and squealing their tires all hours of the night. I work and they have woke me up several nights. I have contacted the police and they do nothing. So i was told to contact you. Please consider this situation as soon as possible.

  • Curly Joe

    The "fix" was on, but it got broken. For years in Beckley a handful of negative stooges has worked and plotted to get a popular but very limited high school graduate former policeman elected mayor. The guy has been their puppet for years while on council. It's a great day for Beckley and its future to have a successful businessman who has made no deals taking the reins. A shame that didn't happen at the national level....instead of electing an "organizer". Beckley, as always, will be just fine.

  • Jethro

    The fix was on.

  • Beekeeper

    Qualifications? I'm not so sure I'd want to be known as being qualified to be a politician.

  • Slipping away

    Absolutely nothing. Beckley politics.

  • Dale

    What qualifies him to be mayor?