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On Thursday, the Monongah Town Council voted to ask the state ethics commission for an exception so Bill McCombs can stay on as the town's mayor.

McCombs was recently elected mayor. He also works at the Monongah water treatment plant, and some residents view that as a conflict of interest.

Council said this happens all the time in small towns and that Monongah's form of government eliminates any conflict of interest.

"In our system where we have a weak mayor system, our mayor doesn't vote on anything. So the council is actually still his boss. It's just an issue with the ethics commission, and this what they've said to do," said Greg Vandetta, Monongah City Councilman.

Vandetta said it could take up to a month for the Ethics Commission to make a final decision.