West Virginia Code
1 - PURPOSE AND SHORT TITLE; DEFINI
2 - CREATION OF MUNICIPALITIES
3 - FRAMING AND ADOPTING AN ORIGINA
3A - GOVERNMENT OF CLASS IV TOWNS O
4 - FRAMING AND ADOPTING A CHARTER
5 - ELECTION, APPOINTMENT, QUALIFIC
6 - ANNEXATION
7 - DECREASE OF CORPORATE LIMITS
8 - CONSOLIDATION OF MUNICIPALITIES
10 - POWERS AND DUTIES OF CERTAIN
11 - POWERS AND DUTIES WITH RESPEC
12 - GENERAL AND SPECIFIC POWERS,
13 - TAXATION AND FINANCE
13A - BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRIC
13B - DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT DISTR
13C - MUNICIPAL TAX IN LIEU OF BUS
14 - LAW AND ORDER; POLICE FORCE O
14A - MUNICIPAL POLICE OFFICERS AN
15 - FIRE FIGHTING; FIRE COMPANIES
15A - STANDARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL F
16 - MUNICIPAL PUBLIC WORKS; REVEN
17 - LOW COST IMPROVEMENTS
18 - ASSESSMENTS TO IMPROVE STREET
19 - MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY WATERWOR
20 - COMBINED SYSTEMS
20A - NEIGHBORHOOD REHABILITATION
21 - BOARD OF PARK AND RECREATION
22 - RETIREMENT BENEFITS GENERALLY
22A - WEST VIRGINIA MUNICIPAL POLI
23 - INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS -
24 - PLANNING AND ZONING
25 - INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS -
26 - INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS -
26A - MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY HISTORI
27 - INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS -
27A - INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
28 - INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS -
29 - INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS -
29A - COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITIES
29B - AIRPORT SECURITY
30 - INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS -
31 - INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS -
32 - INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS -
33 - INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS -
34 - JUDICIAL REVIEW
35 - DISSOLUTION OF MUNICIPALITIES
36 - CONSTITUTIONALITY AND SEVERAB
37 - MUNICIPAL FINANCIAL STABILIZA
38 - MUNICIPAL ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT
CHAPTER 8. MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS.
ARTICLE 9. PROCEEDINGS OF GOVERNING BODIES.
§8-9-1. Who to preside at meetings of governing body; quorum; interested member of governing body not to vote.
Unless otherwise provided by charter provision, the governing body of every municipality shall be presided over at its meetings by the mayor, or, in his absence, by the recorder, or, in the absence of both the mayor and the recorder, by one of its members selected by a majority of the members of the governing body present. A majority of the members of the governing body shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. No member of the governing body of any municipality shall vote upon any ordinance, order, measure, resolution or proposition, in which he may be interested other than as a citizen of such municipality.
The mayor and recorder shall, unless otherwise provided by charter provision, have votes as members of the governing body, and, in case of a tie, the presiding officer at the time shall cast the tie-breaking vote, unless he has previously voted.
The governing body of a municipality shall keep an accurate record of all of its proceedings, ordinances, orders, bylaws, acts, resolutions and rules which shall be indexed and open to inspection.
At each meeting of the governing body, a journal of the proceedings of the last meeting shall be read, and corrected, if erroneous, and signed by the presiding officer: Provided, That the reading of the journal of the proceedings of the last meeting may be dispensed with by majority vote of the governing body if the members have received and examined a copy or synopsis of the journal prior to the meeting at which the journal is signed. Any member may request the yeas and nays be taken on any question and recorded in the journal.
(a) Whenever a governing body of a municipality, or any of a municipality’s boards, committees, or any other entities of any kind or nature authorized in this chapter, obtains information that an employee, officer or member of municipality, or any of a municipality’s boards, committees, or any other entities of any kind or nature authorized in this chapter may have misappropriated funds, engaged in fraud, or otherwise violated a law relating to the public trust, municipality, or any of a municipality’s board, committee, or any other entity authorized in this chapter shall timely report such information or allegation in writing to the county prosecutor’s office.
(b) The reporting of such information under subsection (a) of this section shall not prevent, relieve or replace a report to a law-enforcement agency, if appropriate or warranted.