FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WBOY) – The city of Fairmont has a new mayor. 

Anne Bolyard was sworn in at Tuesday’s city council. She is the first woman to be mayor of the City of Fairmont.  

“I am truly honored and humbled,” Mayor Bolyard said. “I understand that this is an opportunity for leadership and to pave the way for future leaders that will come after me.” 

Previous Mayor Tom Mainella did not run for reelection on city council, making him ineligible to continue as mayor.

Bolyard serves on the council in the District 2 seat; her current term expires in 2024.

In their first session together, Bolyard and the other 8 member of the new council will be approving the 2024 fiscal year budget among tackling other issues the previous council had already made step towards solving. 

“The blighted properties and those abandoned properties are a risk for the health and safety of surrounding neighbors in Fairmont and we’re also excited about moving forward with Norwood Park which will be the first all-inclusive kind of destination park for families and their children here in the friendly city,” Mayor Bolyard said about what the council will be discussing in their first sessions.  

Josh Rice was also sworn in as Deputy Mayor at that city council meeting. 

Former Mayor Mainella started his first stint as Mayor in January 2017. Then, from February 2019 to December 2020, Brad Merrifield served as mayor. Merrifield’s departure led the way for Mainella’s second time as mayor until he left the council in 2022.  

The mayor of the city of Fairmont is elected by its new city council members at their first meeting.

The city of Fairmont states, “The mayor shall preside at all meetings of the City Council, shall be recognized as head of the city government for all ceremonial purposes but shall have no administrative duties.”