DiBartolomeo named new city manager

OATH OF OFFICE — Joe DiBartolomeo, left, takes the oath of office from Mayor Harold Miller, during Monday’s Weirton Council meeting, becoming the new city manager. DiBartolomeo’s appointment was approved 6-0 by council. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — Weirton has a new city manager.

During Monday’s meeting, following a vote to amend its agenda to include the action, Weirton Council voted 6-0 in favor of Mayor Harold Miller’s appointment of Joe DiBartolomeo as city manager.

“He’s well known, well liked. He’s highly qualified,” Miller said.

A lifelong resident of Weirton, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master’s of Professional Accountancy and a Juris Doctorate.

In addition to working in private practice, DiBartolomeo has been a tax accountant for the State of West Virginia, and from 1991 to 2002 was the Weirton city attorney, serving under the administrations of Ed Bowman and Dean Harris. He has served a total of 36 years in the U.S. military, first enlisting in the Marines and then going through ROTC and earning a commission in the Army, with assignments at Fort Bragg, in Europe, the Pentagon, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Pakistan and completing his military career as deputy commanding general of the U.S. Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg.

He has worked as a military special operations consultant and advisor to various governmental agencies and the

U.S. Department of Defense. Since April 2013, he has been vice president of special operations and irregular warfare for Arcanum Global Inc.

DiBartolomeo also was a 2010 inductee into the Weirton Hall of Fame, under the category of business, industry and professionals.

Following the council meeting, DiBartolomeo said he is looking forward to getting to work, saying Weirton is at a critical point in its history.

“It’s a great community. There’s a lot of opportunity,” DiBartolomeo said.

He noted efforts by the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle in attracting business opportunities to the Three Springs Business Park and north Weirton.

DiBartolomeo recalled that once, when Weirton Steel was in full operation, residents knew they would have a job for life at the mill, and generations of families would thrive in the city. Noting he has a daughter who is a doctor in Cleveland and a son in the military, he said it is important to draw new businesses and industries to the area, providing jobs for residents and bringing new people.

“I don’t think we ought to be a bedroom community. I thing we ought to be able to stand on our own,” he said.

He said Weirton is a safe community, as cited by various organizations in recent years, calling it an asset for the city.

“You look at our record for safety. There’s not many communities in this country, or in the world, with this record of safety,” he said.

DiBartolomeo fills a post vacated by the recent resignation of Travis Blosser, who left the city for a position as the new assistant executive director of the West Virginia Municipal League.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)