POINT PLEASANT — This week the Mason County Commission met for its first meeting of the year, with a new commissioner at the big desk.
Meeting for the reorganization meeting were Commissioners Tracy Doolittle, Rick Handley and Sam Nibert. Nibert won the seat formerly held by Commissioner Miles Epling who did not seek reelection. Voters have the next six years to get to know Nibert, though many in Mason County already do.
Back in November, Nibert talked to the Point Pleasant Register about his background and why he chose to run for commissioner.
Nibert is the son of the late Leroy and Winifred Nibert and in his youth, attended Woods Elementary School before graduating from Point Pleasant High School in 1979. He went on to graduate from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1983. This led to his current job with Mason County Schools where he been employed as a teacher for the past 23 years. Active in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) for the past eight years, he is also known for being the vocational agriculture teacher at the Mason County Career Center.
As for why he ran for office, Nibert previously told the Register last fall: “There are several issues that are a concern to me. One of those issues that needs confronted is the need for more jobs in Mason County. In 1969, there were 7,859 jobs in our area which increased to 11,291 jobs in 1979. Since then, there has been a decline in jobs back down to 8,738 jobs in our area as of 2014 and the same today. Mason County citizens need to know it is a very critical time for ourselves and our families. The tax base is crucial to the planning efforts of our government and this county needs help.”
Also at this week’s meeting, Doolittle was unanimously appointed as commission president for the second, consecutive year.
The Mason County Commission next meets at 4 p.m., Jan. 12 and Jan. 26 in the commission room on the second floor of the Mason County Courthouse.
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