UPDATE: Former Wayne Mayor Now Police Chief

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/1/13
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former Wayne mayor is now the town’s new police chief.

Dwayne Stiltner was appointed to the position by current mayor Mick Sanders on July 22.

Stiltner was Wayne’s mayor from June 2011 until he resigned in August 2012 for family reasons.

He had been on a leave of absence since May 2012 when his teenage daughter was killed in a car crash.

Stiltner replaces former chief Josh Stevens.

UPDATE 8/14/12 @ 5:20 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The City of Wayne will soon have a new mayor.

Dwayne Stiltner, who was elected last summer, resigned Tuesday afternoon.

Stiltner said he was stepping down for family reasons.

The mayor's teenage daughter was killed a few months ago in a car accident. Stiltner has been on a leave of absence ever since the family’s loss.

Stiltner says the city needs a leader -- and he just can't do that right now.

Council will meet Friday at 6 p.m. to select a replacement to serve out remainder of Stiltner’s term -- which ends next June.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

UPDATE 6/30/11
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Wayne Town Council has completed the canvass of the June 14 municipal election.

Among results of that election was the defeat of longtime Wayne Mayor James “Junior” Ramey III by political newcomer Dwayne Stiltner.

A week after the election, the Town Council voted 4 to 3 to let the state review election returns. Councilman David Dean told WSAZ.com it was due to possible evidence of voter fraud during canvassing.

Monday night, two representatives of the Secretary of States Office attended a special council meeting to discuss the canvass. Council then voted to complete the canvass.

The election will be certified during a meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Stiltner will be sworn-in as mayor on Friday.

UPDATE 6/21/11 @ 9:47 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Wayne Town Council voted 4 to 3 Tuesday night to let the state review election returns from the municipal election on June 14, Councilman David Dean tells WSAZ.com.

Dean said council members met for nearly three hours Tuesday to try and sort through returns, but found possible evidence of voter fraud during canvassing.

“It’s a mess,” he said. “We decided it would be best for the state to handle things ... We would not certify them.”

Among results of the election was the defeat of longtime Wayne Mayor James “Junior” Ramey III. Political newcomer Dwayne Stiltner was the top vote-getter, according to unofficial returns.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

UPDATE 6/15/11 @ 10:15 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dwayne Stiltner, the challenger who defeated longtime Mayor James "Junior" Ramey III, is paving the way for a new era in the town of Wayne.

Stiltner, an asphalt engineer, says he would like to see more city police officers on the streets. He also hopes to find ways to raise money for a city pool and skate park.

He believes the money's out there; it's just a matter of finding it.

His term will start July 1.

WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The longtime mayor of Wayne is out following a record breaking turnout in the town’s municipal election Tuesday.

James “Junior” Ramey III lost his re re-election bid to Dwayne Stiltner by a vote count of 239 to 203. Terry Sowards came in third with 21 votes.

Before the votes were totaled, Ramey told WSAZ.com that the town was doing pretty well.

“We are in the black, our little town is not in debt, our employees make good wages, good benefits, just continue what we've been doing the last several years," said Ramey.

Ramey, III had been Wayne’s Mayor for the past 25 years. At one time, he was the youngest mayor and council member in West Virginia state history.

Also in Wayne, Toney Atkins was elected Recorder, defeating Debbie Queen.

Kevin Bradshaw was elected Municipal Judge defeating David Dean.

Five people were also elected to Council, they are: Danny Grace, Micky Sanders, John Reed, Terry Ramey, and Rosie Whipkey.

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