Residents react to Councilman Barber's social media comments at city council meeting

PARKERSBURG W.Va (WTAP)- Tuesday night, City Council held their bimonthly meeting, but the focus of the meeting was not solely on the agenda.

While all ordinances from the meeting unanimously passed, outraged citizens spoke out against Eric Barber’s recent behavior on social media.

Some members of the community feel as though he has acted inappropriately and that members of city council should be required to adhere to a social media policy.

Some members of the community feel as though he has acted inappropriately and that members of city council should be required to adhere to a social media policy.

Council members and city attorney Joe Santer say the only way he can be removed is by the residents of the fourth district he represents.

“We’re here because we were outraged by Eric Barber’s comments and we feel that public servants and elected officials should be held to an even higher standard than the rest of us in discourse, and that civil discourse extends to social media. We’ve asked the city council previously to please adopt a social media policy, they refused to, and Mr. Barber is out of control with his comments,” says Jeanne Peters, a local business owner who spoke to city council on Tuesday night.

City Council released a statement signed by most council members and the Mayor saying that each council member has a right to individual free speech, but that they disagree with the social media comment made by Barber.

JR Carpenter did not sign the statement because he disagreed with the way that it specifically called out Barber, not because he agrees with his social media statement.



 
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