CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There’s now a new Kanawha County commissioner in place to fill the vacant seat for the six-month unexpired term.

Commission President Lance Wheeler and Commissioner Ben Salango chose longtime commission attorney Marc Slotnick during a special meeting Thursday evening.

Slocknick will finish out the remaining six months of the unexpired term when longtime, former commissioner Kent Carper retired three weeks ago.

Slotnick comes to the position with already 32 years of experience at the commission under his belt, starting first as a law clerk before becoming the county attorney. He said it’s an honor to be selected.

“Thank you Commissioner Wheeler, Commissioner Salango for having enough faith in me to fill this seat,” Slotnick said at Thursday’s meeting. “During this transitionary period I hope that I can provide some stability and some continuity to you and to the county during my short tenure.”

Wheeler said after reviewing a list of seven experienced, qualified candidates and much consideration, he and Salango felt Slotnick was the best choice to fill the seat for now as he has already been working around them for so long and knows the county government well.

“He’s been there during the elections, he’s been there with us for financial decisions, it’s somebody who can hit the ground running today,” Wheeler said.

Salango added that Slotnick was his go-to choice from the minute he received word that they would need to appoint someone new.

“I remember the morning that I got the call that Commissioner Carper had retired, the first call that I made was to Marc Slotnick,” Salango said.

Slotnick has been working with the commission since 1991, serving under many notable past commissioners including Gary King, Hoppy Shores, Dave Hardy, as well as Kent Carper.

He said following in Carper’s place on the commission will be a big responsibility.

“Commissioner Carper’s shoes will be hard to fill as throughout his terms in office he was often the heart and soul of Kanawha County,” he said.

However, Slotnick said he’s ready to help see the commission move forward with the important projects they have in the works, including the Capital Sports Center, the Gateway Plan in the eastern part of the county, and the Hatfield-McCoy Trails in Meadowood.

“This is a time of recreational growth in our county and I’m happy to be a part of that growth,” Slotnick said. “Commissioner Wheeler, Commissioner Salango once again thank you for the honor of selecting me as the county commissioner for the great county of Kanawha.”

There will be a new commissioner after the November General Election when former Secretary of State and Democratic nominee Natalie Tennant faces former state senator Republican nominee Chris Walters. The winner will get a full six-year term.

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