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Commissioner Robert “Bob” L. Gorby Set to Retire

May 16, 2018
BY TELINA FRYE - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

After 18 years in office, Robert "Bob" L. Gorby is now serving his last term as a commissioner for Wetzel County. He will wrap up his term in December of this year.

When asked how he feels about his retirement, Gorby replied he has enjoyed his time in office, but at his age, he felt it was time for retirement.

Gorby noted the the county commissioners have all worked very well together over the years. Though they might disagree on things at times, they would talk issues over and come to an agreement, for the sake of the county.

One of the projects undertaken during Gorby's time in office was 4-H campground renovations. The 4-H camp looks rather different than 18 years ago. There have been 148 water and electric hook-ups installed. Besides the building of the Mollohan Center, a new stage has been built on the grounds, along with new shelters, barns, and cabins for 4-H campers.

Wetzel County residents have also noticed other improvements, including life flight services from AirEvac. Thanks to commission funding, residents have certain AirEvac services, free of charge.

All areas of the county have seen improvements, thanks to the commission. Each library has received yearly funding. Also, the commission has assisted the local American Legion with flags for veterans' graves, along with funding for Boys State attendees.

During Gorby's tenure on the commission, area fire departments have also made improvements.

"It takes a lot of money for the fire departments and EMS services to operate," Gorby said.

He explained, "Some of the fire departments have come to us, stating they had people that wanted to take the training but weren't able. The County Commission office decided if there was someone who wanted to pursue training, we would pay for it. This has been a big help for our fire departments."

Gorby said, at present time, there are 10 fire departments in Wetzel County.

The commission has also been able to assist with funding for Hundred's swimming pool. Also, after the devastating flood in July 2017, the commission stepped forward to pay for the repairs to the Hundred Senior Center, which was destroyed as a result of the flood.

Gorby noted that the one accomplishment he is most proud of is the 4-H grounds. He noted it has been a "very good 18 years."



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