By GEORGE HOHMANN
FOR THE DAILY MAIL
Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy was on hand as three new members of St. Albans City Council were sworn in.
Newcomers John Caudill, Jason Philabaun and Garry Pennington were sworn in Monday evening, along with returning council members Loretta Griffith, Desper Lemon, Cheryl Thomas, Jerry Cogar, Kevin Pennington, John Boles, Dan Cain Sr., Ron Colby and Robert Keiffer.
Caudill succeeds Helen Warren, filling one of three council-at-large seats. Warren did not run for re-election.
Philabaun, 28, succeeds Lee Roberts representing Ward 2. Philabaun defeated incumbent Roberts in the primary and did not have an opponent in the June general election.
Pennington now represents Ward 9. He succeeds Stephen Donelson, who did not run for re-election.
All of the council members were sworn in by Roger Hughes, a local government specialist in state Treasurer John Perdue's office. Mayor Dick Callaway said Hughes swore him in on Thursday.
Hughes said Monday evening, "This is one of the best, well-run cities I know of. You should be proud of what's been done here and you should be proud of this mayor."
Hardy brought greetings from Kanawha Commission President Kent Carper and Commissioner Hoppy Shores.
"St. Albans is an easy town for us," Hardy said. "You do such a good job down here. We have enjoyed being your partner. We have enjoyed the relationship the county commission has with the council."
Also at the meeting, Councilwoman Griffith nominated Kevin Pennington for vice mayor and Dan Cain nominated Ron Colby. Kevin Pennington won by a 9-to-3 vote. He succeeds Helen Warren and will fill in for Callaway when necessary.