Central W.Va. transit board must ensure public trust

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — On Sunday, Exponent Telegram Staff Writer Jim Davis reported that a majority of the Central West Virginia Transit Authority (CENTRA) board still supported General Manager John Aman despite his guilty plea to federal bank fraud.

Aman remains the general manager, drawing a salary of about $63,000 plus benefits, pending sentencing.

While Bridgeport Mayor and CENTRA board President Mario Blount said members would discuss Aman’s status at an upcoming meeting, County Commissioner Bernie Fazzini, Clarksburg Councilman Zeke Lopez and fellow board member Terry Greaver all said Aman is doing a great job at CENTRA.

Granted, CENTRA has done some dramatic improvements at its location on North 4th Street in Clarksburg. And it appears to be providing a vital service in an effective manner.

But we’re not here to discuss Aman’s job performance at CENTRA. Quite frankly, that is a moot point with regard to what the public transit corporation needs to do.

Aman has pleaded guilty to one count of felony bank fraud. He was originally indicted on 11 counts, with the federal government alleging that Aman abused the trust of an elderly person for whom he served as the power of attorney.

To make matters worse, Aman’s actions occurred while he was working in management positions for two banks. The federal government has indicated a possible motive involving gambling debts Aman owed.

Yet, while Aman waits to be sentenced, some board members appear hopeful he can somehow remain in his current position…

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