BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — After 20 years as city manager, Kim Haws will not see his contract renewed by Bridgeport City Council.

Council voted 3-1 to not renew Haws’ contract, which is set to expire in June, during its Monday meeting. The motion was to not negotiate a new contract and to instead begin the process of finding a replacement for the position.

Councilmen Lowell “L.J.” Maxey, Jeff Smell, John Wilson and Hank Murray voted to not renew the contract. Dustin Vincent was the only opposing vote. Bob Greer was absent for the vote.

“It is a big mistake in my opinion. He has always been a leader throughout the city, area, and more,” Vincent told WAJR-Clarksburg.

Discussion of the contract was first included on an agenda in October 2018, though the matter was discussed in executive session.

Neither Haws or Mayor Andy Lang have returned request for comment.

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