New city councilman takes office

WEIRTON Bill Zanieski officially became a member of Weirton City Council Wednesday morning as he was sworn in to represent the residents of Ward 1.

“I just want to thank Council for having the faith in me to select me for this position. Once I get through the orientation process, I hope I can be a very responsible government official responding to the needs of the people in Ward 1 and at the same time all of the residents of Weirton,” Zanieski stated.

Zanieski also currently serves as chair of Weirton’s Human Rights Commission.

City Attorney Vincent Gurrera, Ward 7 Councilman Terry Weigel, Mayor George Kondik, Ward 2 Councilman Chuck Wright, Ward 4 Councilman George Ash Sr. and City Manager Valerie Means listened on as Zanieski read the oath.

“I’ve known you all my life … I feel that we will do a lot of good things together, and you’ll have all the support of everyone who works for the city,” Kondik said.

Zanieski resides on McKinley Road and has been a lifelong citizen of Weirton. He graduated from Madonna High School in 1964 and then went on to Syracuse University in New York, where he earned a degree in sociology in 1969. He eventually achieved a master’s in sociology from West Virginia University in 1992.

“I want to thank Bill for accepting the position. I think he’ll do an excellent job. I know he cares about the residents of Ward 1, and I know he’ll be responsible to them,” Ash commented.

Zanieski is replacing Ronnie Jones, Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates representing District 1, who resigned June 10 because of a residential move outside of Ward 1.

“Welcome aboard, bud,” Wright said, which was echoed by other city officials.