BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission welcomed new Commissioner Douglas (Doug) K. Bush as he was officially sworn into office on Friday, September 16. Commissioner Bush offered information to The Record Delta to allow the community members to get to know him.
Commissioner Bush is married to Ann Trainer Bush and has two daughters: Katherine Bush Henzler (Dr. Joshua Henzler) of Morgantown and Karoline Bush Sturm (J. Tyler Sturm) and four grandchildren: Virginia Ann and Beau Douglas Henzler, John Douglas and Daniel James Sturm. He is the oldest son of the late Roy D. Bush and Judy Bush, who still resides in the Teter area.
“I attended Upshur County schools, graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1978 and graduated from Alderson Broaddus College in 1982 with a BS in Education. I then obtained a MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Salem College in 1994. I also attended WVU in obtaining additional hours of education in Sports Medicine and Safety Management,” shared Commissioner Bush.
Commissioner Bush also noted, “I started a teaching and coaching career in Barbour County school system in 1985, retired from Upshur County school system in 2015. I coached during my entire career from football, basketball and track. I received multiple accolades during my education career, but nothing more rewarding than my prior students and players thanking me for pushing their success.”
Currently Commissioner Bush is a member of Bethany Baptist Church and serves as the Clerk, Treasurer, and Trustee, Upshur County Farm Bureau member. He also served on the Upshur County Recreation Board in addition to being a supervisor for the Tygart Valley Conservation District from 2017-2022. “I own and operate Bush Ledge Rock Farm along with my family since 1992. Over the years, we have had beef cow calf operation, hogs, sheep, gardens galore and timber management practice. However now we are primary hay farmers. We have happy horses, sheep and goats in multiple counties,” said Commissioner Bush.
Commissioner Bush commented on the passing of previous commissioner saying, “The late Terry Cutright was well respected, hardworking, a valuable member of our community and is sorely missed. I will support my fellow commissioners and the plans for Upshur County. I will do my best and learn the role of County Commissioner to ensure the best for Upshur County.”
“I am a 10th-generation family farmer who grew up here, raised my family here, and will be buried in this county. This is my home. I want to keep Upshur County clean, add to it, and guarantee it is a safe and fun place to live,” shared Commissioner Bush.
The Record Delta extends a warm welcome to Commissioner Bush and is thankful he will be serving Upshur County.