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City of Salem fills Vacancies; Responds to Recent Issues

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The city of Salem has had a pretty rough last few months. The first controversy to come to light involved two city employees.

"We've had one gal that pleaded to guilty to two charges of embezzlement and fraud. The ex city manager went on trial and he was found guilty of all six counts," said Joe Davis, current Salem City Manager.

Then the city lost its mayor after he was deemed ineligible for living outside of city limits. Within 24 hours of that vacancy, the entire police department and city water clerk stepped down.

Then residents questioned a monthly "police fee" and if it was fair for residents to continue paying for a resource that was no longer available.

"Things are on the upswing. They can't get much lower. They gotta be on the upswing," Davis said.

As of Wednesday, the police department positions were filled. A new chief and two part time officers.

"Knowing someone is down here full time. And that they are trying to get it back in shape, for protection of the citizens," said Marilyn K. Newlon-Cole, a resident of Salem.

Davis said the city is still looking into other options for the city's law enforcement. Combing with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department or the West Virginia State Police are two options currently in discussion.

The city hopes new faces and more transparency will earn back the trust of Salem residents.

"Definitely put the city of Salem in the public eye. I think if anybody reads the newspapers they are familiar with the problems we have had. We are working very hard right now to change the image of the city," Davis said.

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