My term as your president comes to a close this month. I want to thank you for electing me to this office and say it has truly been my honor and pleasure to serve.

May is the month of elections, the good, the bad and the ugly. I must commend each of you for running for office in the first place and holding that office as an elected county offi- cial. It is difficult to run when our lives are scrutinized and dissected, our past experience in office is questioned and lies about us are made up and stat- ed as fact. Thank you for hav- ing the big shoulders to bear this in order to help the people in your respective counties.

Will 2016 be remembered for the 17-year cicadas or the grueling election and the startling results in many counties and the State? I feel a great loss for the friends across the state that lost their re-election bids. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you finish out this term of office and into the next challenge of your life. Please come back and see us from time to time. Good Luck to those that decided not to run again or will be retiring. I know you really will not miss those late night, early morning and weekend calls at home for assistance. Government does not work properly without caring and dedicated individuals who only want the best interests of their county and the State. Thank You!!!!

Being the President of the WVACO has been my pleasure and was made much easier with the fine staff, Kathy, Crystal and Jack, and outstanding director, Patti. These individuals are the face of our organization and represent us well daily. I would also like to thank the WVACO Board of Directors. Each of you has taken an active part in your respective Associations and on this Board. Your knowledge, leadership and general good-will have made a lasting impression and enabled change to occur in the governmental processes of this State. Each of your counties has been extremely lucky to have you hold an elected county position and represent them so well. Thank You!!!

My philosophy is to never just sit back, observe and let life pass you by when you can become an active participant and help lead the way into the future.

Thanks again and have a Wild and Wonderful Summer!


Brenda L. Miller, President West Virginia Association of Counties