MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDVM) — After many years of service to Martinsburg, Mayor George Karos will not seek another term at City Hall.
Reflecting on his accomplishment, Karos said he is proud of his relationship with the city manager, council and staff to complete infrastructure projects such as the South Street extension, a new wastewater facility, Town Square and the N. Queen Street railroad corridor.
Karos is also proud of his relationship with city police and court personnel.
He said his challenges include having sufficient finances for growing the city. Water and sewer rates have gone up but he views the increases as reasonable.
And while fighting drug trafficking is not unique to Martinsburg, Karos said a new ordinance holds landlords responsible for lawlessness by their tenants.
Council members Gregg Wachtel and Kevin Knowles both say the mayor’s service will be missed but believe he will remain active in moving the city forward.
“I have never seen anyone put so much effort into their work and take so little credit for it,” said Wachtel. “The new police building under construction is an example. He has made dreams reality here”
Knowles said, “it is sad to see him step down. He loves this city. Council will build on his success.” The councilman called Karos “an asset to the city who enjoys widespread respect.”
A native Martinsburg resident, Paddy Alter, has known the mayor long before he was elected, when Karos owned a pharmacy in the city. Alter has nothing but praise for the mayor in the face of many challenges and believes Karos will leave a proud legacy from his time at the helm of Martinsburg municipal government.
Karos released a statement saying: “After considerable thought I have made the decision not to seek a sixth term in the upcoming municipal election. Over the past 43 years, I have enjoyed being a public servant, 24 years as an At-Large Ward Councilperson and the past 19 years as Mayor.”
The election will take place on June 9th.