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Lemon Ends Term as County Commissioner

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Jan 6, 2021

Wetzel County Commissioner Larry Lemon finished his term in office last week and feels blessed of the time he served and proud of the people he worked with.

Appointed to the commission in 2013 to complete 2 years of an unexpired term, Lemon was elected to a full-term in 2014. Now with his completion of his county government service, Larry now has served at all three levels of government including 24 years on the staff of U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller.

“I’ve been very fortunate in all my years of service to work with great people. In my 8 years on the commission I worked with terrific people like Don Mason, Bob Gorby, Greg Morris, and Lisa Heasley. Don taught me a lot and I used many of his governing principles when I was in office.”

Among some of the actions that Lemon and his colleagues accomplished during his term includes bringing Air Evac ambulance service to local residents, completing the lease agreement between Wetzel County Hospital and WVU Hospital which provides more medical services to the area, funding much needed water service to various parts of the county, assisting emergency service agencies by funding critical equipment needs and facilities and starting the Code Red emergency phone alert system, helping food pantries and supporting elected officials in modernizing their offices. Lemon praised local officials for their cooperation and credits them when, “we fought like cats and dogs over some issues but in the end no one held grudges and we worked together on the next problem to seek a solution.”

Lemon and his current commissioners are immensely proud in developing phase one of a new internet-broadband service coming to residents living along Route 7 and 20 in the next year or two. “This project really ‘moves the needle’ in providing a better quality of life for individuals and businesses out in the county. These residents will not be forgotten.”

As for advice to anyone considering getting involved in public service Lemon says, “do it–it’s rewarding and reinforces the fundamental principle that we all have an obligation to give time in service to others, with some personal sacrifice, to make our little corner of the world a better place. Don’t be cynical, overcome the critics and get ‘in the arena’ and make a difference.” Larry credits members of his family who served in political offices over the years as his inspiration to serve the public.

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Larry on his retirement. Thanks for your years of public service.