CHARLES TOWN – The West Virginia Ethics Commission has been asked to rule on whether Charles Town Mayor Scott Rogers erred earlier this month when he sent a letter to city residents in which he called Rockwool “the wrong fit for Jefferson County” and pointed to a petition the factory’s opponents hope might stop the project.
The Spirit of Jefferson obtained a copy of the filing made by Ray Bruning, a Summit Point resident who serves on the appointed Jefferson County Planning Commission.
Neither Bruning nor Rogers returned requests for comment at press time.
Rogers’ four-paragraph message was sent to property owners in the city. It appears on paper with a City of Charles Town letterhead and the words “Office of the Mayor” at the top.
In Bruning’s filing, he writes that the mayor should have made it clear that the opposition to Rockwool is his personal view and not a formal position taken by the city.
Bruning also writes that Rogers “failed to disclose the repercussions” if the city doesn’t pass a sewer bond, a piece of the infrastructure slated for the former Jefferson Orchards site.
In his complaint Bruning says Rogers had a nonprofit – that would be Jefferson County Vision – send out the letters, a move Bruning says “seems like a conflict of interest.” He writes that the use of the Charles Town seal “makes it look as if this is the town’s position.”
The letter didn’t come before the Charles Town City Council for discussion.
Rogers became mayor last year, elected to a four-year term after running for the office without opposition.