DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar Mayor Jack Yeager won't run for reelection in this year's municipal election.
Yeager confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he did not file candidacy paperwork for the 2013 municipal election. The Democrat took office in 2008 after former Mayor Roger Wolfe was ousted.
He ran for mayor in the 2009 election and secured 784 votes, beating Dunbar minister Lanny Coberly, a Republican. Coberly took 290 votes.
"I said I only wanted one term," Yeager said. "I just had a certain set of goals when I went in, and I've accomplished most of them."
Among Yeager's goals was gaining financial stability for the city. The tax base has increased and new businesses have opened, he said. Yeager said he also sought raises for city workers and their salaries now are on competitive footing with other cities.
Non-uniformed city employees got raises of 25 cents per hour in August.
Firefighters received a 45-cent-per-hour raise, plus $25 a month if they are trained EMTs. Police officers saw at least 50 cents more per hour, with individual raises determined by rank.
Council members were to vote on raises for elected officials at Tuesday's meeting.
Yeager said another goal was to enhance recreation. He said those projects are ongoing.
He said more than $1 million in grants had been raised for downtown revitalization. The city received more than $400,000 in 2010 for the 10th Street Streetscape project and the Hike/Bike to School program at Dunbar Intermediate. Both projects are ongoing.
"The city's in pretty good shape," Yeager said. "We've accomplished quite a bit and we're not totally done.
"It's just time for me to move on to something else."
The decision wasn't easy. He said he had his paperwork filled out and waited until "the last hour of the last day" on Jan. 12, before deciding against another run.