GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City Commission appointed Roger Brandeberry as a commissioner Tuesday evening to fill an empty seat for a term that will last the next two years.
In early September of last year, Jay Cremeens resigned after serving as vice president of the Gallipolis City Commission. At that time, he had roughly two years left in his term. Commissioners appointed Michael Fulks to the empty seat shortly after Cremeens’ resignation. One commissioner voted against the appointment.
Fulks ran for a full-term commission seat last November and won. With that, he has decided to resign from the space Cremeens left behind and take the full-term spot. Brandeberry was appointed to fill the spot left open by Cremeens and then Fulks. Fulks will sit on commission for a full-term while Brandeberry will finish the remainder of Cremeens’ original term.
According to Brandeberry, he is a lifelong Gallipolis native and only moved away shortly to attend Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., to receive a degree in criminal justice with minors in history and sociology. He currently serves an adult probation officer in the Gallia County Courthouse.
Brandeberry said he started a career in law enforcement in 1979 with the Gallipolis Police Department. In 1993, he was promoted to police chief. He retired from serving as police chief April 22, 2005. Brandeberry said he also had 15 years of experience with the Gallipolis Volunteer Fire Department.
“You buy the right to complain by pitching in and helping,” Brandeberry said about solving problems. “I was told from a young age you don’t have the right to complain if you aren’t willing to help. I’ve complained, so now I’m going to try to help.”
Brandeberry believes he brings competent experience to city commission by having worked for the city and as leader of its police department for several years. He was a colleague of Fulks during their time serving together at the police department.
“I’ve had 12 budget hearings as police chief,” Brandeberry said. “I understand how the budget works and how the city works. I don’t have an axe to grind or an agenda.”
Brandeberry said he wishes to give back to the community and looks forward to overcoming challenges in the future.
With the turn of the year, Tony Gallagher now serves as the commission’s new president and Michael Fulks serves as its vice-president.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.