The Montgomery Herald, Montgomery, W.Va.

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October 1, 2013

Pratt council asks mayor to resign; he declines

PRATT — Longtime Pratt Mayor Gary Fields declined the unanimous request of the city’s town council for him to turn in his resignation, according to reports published in The Charleston Gazette.

Council requested the mayor’s resignation at an emergency meeting Monday evening, pointing to Fields’ recent arrest for simple drug possession.

According to a member of the town council, Fields said he did not want to step away from the progress being made in the troubled situation of the town’s water system.

Long a source of problems for the eastern Kanawha County town, the water system has been sold to West Virginia American Water, and Fields purportedly said he wanted to stay to oversee the transfer.

Fields, who faced a petition for his removal as mayor in 1992, as well as criminal complaints by neighbors that were later dismissed, also has been stripped of his access to city-owned vehicles. He was driving a city police cruiser on Paint Creek Road on Aug. 29 when he was pulled over for possession of pain killers for which he had no prescription.

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