Timeline of 2019 municipal election contest
On 24 August 2019, the Town Council of the Corporation of Harpers Ferry heard testimony and received evidence in the trial of Case v. Johnson, No. 2019-HFTC-01, contesting a previous decision to reject four provisional ballots in the 2019 Harpers Ferry municipal elections. On 11 September, the Town Council issued its majority opinion and order, rejecting the four provisional ballots. A dissenting opinion was also issued. The case was appealed, and oral arguments were heard by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals on 19 May 2020. The Supreme Court's decision was issued on 15 June 2020 overturning the tribunal's decision. Consistent with the Supreme Court's opinion, the Circuit Court of Jefferson County issued a new order on 21 July 2020 mandating that the provisional ballots be counted. On 29 July 2020, the ballots were counted and the newly-elected and certified Town Council was sworn in to office. A special page was established to detail the events of this case. Click here to access the timeline page.
The Town Council of Harpers Ferry consists of the Mayor, Recorder, and five Council members, each elected for terms of two years in June of each odd-numbered year. The next elections will be held on Tuesday, 8 June 2021.
Regular monthly meetings of the Council are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Special meetings are scheduled as necessary. Notices of all meetings are posted at the Harpers Ferry Post Office, on the bulletin board outside the main door of Town Hall, and inside Town Hall. See the calendar of events at the right side of this page for other meetings and events.
Council appoints members to the various commissions and committees from a pool of citizen volunteers. Terms of appointed members expire regularly. Persons interested in serving the town government at this level should contact the Mayor or a Council member for further information. All meetings are open to the public and are held upstairs at Town Hall.
Mayor Wayne Bishop (email@example.com)
Recorder Kevin Carden (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Councilmember Nancy Singleton Case (email@example.com)
Councilmember Barbara Humes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Councilmember Hardy Johnson (email@example.com)
Councilmember Christian Pechuekonis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Councilmember Jay Premack (email@example.com)
Adopted 9 June 2007
Amended 30 August 2013
2019 CANDIDATE FILINGS
1000 Washington St
PO Box 217
Harpers Ferry WV 25425
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
COUNCIL AGENDA -
Click here to view the agenda for the special Town Council meeting on Wednesday, 23 Sep 2020.
COUNCIL DOCUMENTS AND RECORDINGS
Click on the folder icon below to view Town Council meeting documents and download audio recordings of meetings. (Note: Older audio recordings can be obtained from the Recorder.)
Click in the dropdown list below to see Council meeting minutes for the selected date. (Note that only approved minutes are shown here. Draft minutes can be found in the Council Documents folder for the next regular monthly meeting. Older minutes may be obtained from the Recorder.)