CHARLESTON, WV (BY: BRAD MCELHINNY, WV METRONEWS) — Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber, who has been guiding his town’s efforts to rally from catastrophic flooding while also fighting a school consolidation proposal, says Council has asked him to resign.
Baber, whose term as mayor began just days after the 2016 flooding, said he declined to resign. In the meantime, he said he has been placed on administrative leave.
In a Facebook post and then in a followup telephone interview, Baber said Council members asked him to account for purchases on the state-issued spending card he was issued as mayor.
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An email sent to WOAY from Mayor Baber:
I have read the legal briefs of both sides in the Richwood schools controversy now headed to the WV Supreme Court.
The NCBOE has alleged that the WVBOE acted arbitrarily when they twice rejected their consolidation plan. The NCBOE also stayed that only a consolidated school would have amenities, be ADA compliant, and safe.
Those are lies. Furthermore they have stated that there is no viable land in Richwood to build on. Finally they allege that the Governor unduly influenced the WVBOE. All four of these arguments are false.
I pray that the WV Supreme Court sees through these bogus arguments and validates the WVBOE’s noble attempt to serve all Nicholas County students. I believe they will.
Dr. Bob Henry Baber,
Mayor of Richwood