CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Longtime Charleston Council member Marc Weintraub resigned Thursday morning, saying he has accomplished most of his goals.
Weintraub, a Democrat representing the 11th Ward in the East End, has served on council for 10 years. He was re-elected to serve on council in 2011.
"It was a hard decision," Weintraub said. "It was harder than what I thought it would be."
"I've served for a decade and I've loved every minute of it," he added.
Weintraub was a driving force in getting a park built in the city's East End, Jones said. Ground was broken on the park last Monday.
"With that groundbreaking on Monday, I really accomplished most of what I wanted to accomplish," he said.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones will recommend council appoint Mary Beth Hoover to fill Weintraub's seat, which he is vacating immediately. Council must approve the recommendation.
The issue has been placed on the agenda for Monday's council meeting. Officials will have to explore what committees Hoover should be appointed to.
Weintraub served on the streets and traffic and planning committees. He was chairman of the urban renewal committee.
Jones said he would be sorry to see Weintraub go.
"He's been a great councilman," Jones said. "There's going to be a park in the East End now because of his efforts."
Hoover, 38, serves as treasurer of the East End Main Street Board of Directors. She is an interior designer at Contemporary Galleries.
She has lived in the East End for six years and in Charleston for the past 16. She has served on the East End Main Street board since it was created in 2002, and is the treasurer.
Hoover also is the chairwoman of the agency's design committee, and has served as secretary of the organization.
Though she said she was nervous at the prospect of taking over on council, she is eager to get started.
"I'm ready to get to work," she said.
A native of Patton, Pa., in the central portion of the state, Hoover has a bachelor's of science degree in interior design from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has worked at Contemporary Galleries as long as she's lived in Charleston.