BUCKHANNON — The newly elected and re-elected members of Buckhannon’s City Council took their official Oaths of Office Wednesday morning.
First, Assistant City Recorder and Director of Finance/Administration Amberle Jenkins swore in City Recorder Randy Sanders. Sanders is an Upshur County native, Buckhannon-Upshur High School (B-UHS) 1976 graduate. He owns the local production company Sanders and Associates, Inc., working with pageants across several states. Sanders has a long list of memberships and responsibilities, including CREATE Buckhannon and the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur, Animal Care and Control Commission and the Miss Universe State Directors Advisor Council. After filling in for the last term’s unexpired City Recorder position, Sanders ran for office and was elected by the city.
After, Sanders swore in re-elected City Councilman CJ Rylands. Rylands grew up in Wishaw, Pennsylvania and attended West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1970 to 1974. In 1992, he and wife Jeannie bought the Cheshire Cat Restaurant and renamed it after their children to C.J. Maggie’s American Grill. He serves on the board of directors of multiple groups, such as CREATE Buckhannon and Upshur County Development Authority.
Re-elected City Councilwoman Pamela Bucklew was next to be sworn in by Sanders. Bucklew grew up in a large family in Braxton County. She ran her family business, went to Cosmetology school and recently opened the Salon 88. She has two children and seven grandchildren. Bucklew has served the City of Buckhannon for nearly 20 years and will serve another four-year term.
Then, Sanders swore in newly elected Jack Reger. Reger is a native of Buckhannon and a 1976 B-UHS graduate. He went on to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from West Virginia University. He has served in several local groups, such as the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce and Grace Church. He retired from a 38-year career in Upshur County Schools, serving in both administration and as a teacher. He currently operates A Governor’s Inn Bed and Breakfast with his wife, and the couple shares two children. Reger received the most votes in a 10-person race on election night to serve as the newest member of City Council.
Robbie Skinner was the last to swear in as Buckhannon’s new Mayor. Sanders administered the Oath of Office and Skinner discussed his plans to take the helm. See the full story about Mayor Skinner on page 1.