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'''Charleston''' is the capital city of [[West Virginia]].
'''Charleston''' is the capital city of [[West Virginia]].

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Charleston is the capital city of West Virginia.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of West Virginia city websites

This website was last evaluated on 2 May 2012.

The good

  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for eleven years (they are called "Journals") [1]
    • Some agendas are posted [2]
  • Elected Officials
    • City Council members are posted with full contact information including name, address, phone number, and email address [3]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative Officials are listed by department. Names, addresses, and phone numbers are included in all entries. [4]
  • Building permits and zoning
    • Building permits are available on the right side bark of the Building Commission page. [5]
    • Zoning ordinance applications [6]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online. [7]
  • Public Records
    • The records officer is the city clerk, and there is full contact information available for this position [8]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Current year budget is not posted
    • The budget is only posted for two previous years.
  • Meetings
    • Agendas are not archived
    • There is no calendar of meetings
  • Administrative Officials
    • Not all administrators have email addresses listed
  • Building permits and zoning
  • Audits
    • There is a place for audits on the "Documents and Forms" page, but the links to the audit are broken. [6]
  • Contracts
    • Approved contracts over $10,000 are not posted
  • Lobbying
    • No lobbying information is available
  • Public Records
    • No records policy is available
  • Taxes
    • Mill levy information is not available


Charleston is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers in Kanawha County. As of the 2010 census, it has a population of 51,400, and its metropolitan area 304,214. It is the county seat of Kanawha County.

Elected Officials

See also: West Virginia state employee salary

Charleston functions under the Mayor-Council form of city government. The Mayor is the designated Chief Executive Officer of the city with the duty to see that all of the laws and ordinances of the city are enforced. The Mayor gives general supervision over all executive departments, offices and agencies of the city government and is the presiding officer of the Council and a voting member thereof.


The current mayor is a Republican, Danny Jones, who was elected in 2003, and re-elected in 2007 and 2011.

City Council

Charleston has 28 city council members. 21 are elected from separate wards and 7 are elected at large. For the 2012 year, the Charleston City Council consists of the following members:

2012 City Council Members
First Name Last Name Ward Party
Bobby Haas 1 R
William Kirk 2 D
Joe Denault 3 D
James Ealy 4 D
Mike Nichols 5 D
Edward Talkington 6 D
Mike Stajduhar 7 R
Bob White 8 D
Cubert Smith 9 I
Robert Sheets 10 D
Marc Weintraub 11 D
Shannon Snodgrass 12 D
Susie Salisbury 13 R
Jack Harrison 14 D
Courtney Persinger 15 R
Samuel Minardi 16 D
Bobby Reishman 17 R
John Miller 18 R
Rick Burka 19 R
Brent Burton 20 R
Mike Clowser 21 D
Mary Jean Davis At-large D
Tom Lane At-large R
Andy Richardson At-large D
Jerry Ware At-large R
Chris Dodrill At-large D
Kasey Russel At-large D

Administrative officials

Charleston also has a City Manager who is appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Council. The City Manager has supervision and control of the executive work and management of the heads of all departments under his control as directed by the Mayor, makes all contracts for labor and supplies, and generally has the responsibility for all of the business and administrative work of the city. The current city manager is David Molgaard.


The following is a list of the largest sources of revenue and the largest expenditures for the city of Charleston, West Virginia.

2011 Budget Summary, abridged
Category FYE 09 FY \'10 Approved FY \'10 Actual FY \'11 Approved
Top 10 sources of city revenues
Business & Occupation Tax $39,691,857 $40,500,000 $18,583,965 $40,229,313
Property Taxes $9,200,606 $9,511,000 $5,706,915 $11,656,749
City Service Fee $5,406,934 $5,200,000 $2,606,293 $5,400,000
Utility Tax $2,776,258 $2,700,000 $975,877 $2,900,000
Hotel Occupancy Tax $2,779,180 $2,900,000 $1,173,042 $2,780,000
Fire Protection Fees $2,033,130 $2,125,000 $793,984 $2,050,000
Ambulance Levy $2,017,788 $1,835,000 $1,305,302 $2,283,768
Lease Proceeds $2,195,496 $1,985,500 $1,985,726 $2,266,500
Landfill/Incinerator Fees $2,850,000 $2,900,000 $1,000,000 $2,793,247
Ambulance Fees $1,751,821 $1,700,000 $782,911 $1,807,753
Top 5 Expenditures
Salaries and Wages $33,075,905 $35,656,637 $35,656,637 $35,800,546
Medical and Life Insurance $8,645,823 $10,071,484 $3,361,673 $8,909,726
Uniform Pension $4,989,342 $5,388,489 $2,245,205 $5,819,568
Commodities $3,689,132 $4,079,084 $1,176,351 $3,864,140
Capital Outlay $4,987,423 $4,833,355 $879,144 $529,211


See also: West Virginia government sector lobbying

Charleston does not disclose information about government sector lobbying. No information about lobbying associations is readily available.

Public Records

The city has been embroiled since 2007 in an open records lawsuit, Charleston Gazette v. Charleston, filed against it by the Charleston Gazette when the city declined to honor a request made under the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act for police time sheets and activity logs.[9]

The Charleston Gazette was (and still is) looking for records for 28 police officers after four others pled guilty to working at paid jobs outside of the police department while on duty.

A Kanawha County Circuit judge ordered the city to turn the records over and in September, the city appealed this decision to the West Virginia Supreme Court. Upon appeal, the Supreme Court ruled that the city must turn over the requested records. [10]

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