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William ‘Bill’ Stubblefield named Distinguished Citizen of Berkeley County 2022 | Newspaper


MARTINSBURG – William “Bill” Stubblefield was recently selected as the Distinguished Citizen of Berkeley County for 2022.

The 27th recipient of the Berkeley County Distinguished Citizen Award, presented by the Berkeley County Division of the Potomac District of Shenandoah Regional Council, Stubblefield is recognized for a lifetime of service to his nation and adopted community.

“This community is, in my opinion, unique – unique in that it is such a caring and compassionate community. Bonnie and I, with our professional careers in the public service and as research oceanographers, have been fortunate enough to live in several parts of the United States, but we have never found one so welcoming, so warm or caring than Berkeley County. is, ”Stubblefield said. “It’s a real pleasure for us to try to be part of this caring community.

Stubblefield will be honored on March 22 at the annual Berkeley County DCA banquet at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. The event starts at 6 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6.30 p.m.

“It was a total surprise. There have been people I very much admire who have received the award in the past, ”said Stubblefield. “All of the individuals who have made a huge contribution to the community, and I was just flattered to be seen in the same breath as these individuals.”

Boy Scout himself, Stubblefield also received his Eagle Scout and gives the organization credit for teaching and guiding him as a child.

“Along with other organizations, the Boys & Girls Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H and many more, they play such an important role in training and preparing young people in our community for the challenges. of the future life. They are doing a tremendous job of maturing these young people and becoming very successful and engaged citizens in the future, ”said Stubblefield. “I was an Eagle Scout and I thank the Boy Scouts for being the seed of some of my later accomplishments in life. I am so proud to be a Boy Scout. It has given me training, exposure to so many facts in life that I am not sure I have received otherwise.

Stubblefield grew up in a small farming town in western Tennessee. In school, he was often a class officer, culminating in being president of the student body as a senior.

Stubblefield attended Memphis State University for his undergraduate degree, the University of Iowa for his masters, and Texas A&M for his doctorate. in geological oceanography.

As commissioner and member of the Berkeley County Council from 2007 to 2012, the last two years as chairman of the council, he was especially concerned with ensuring high quality of life standards for county residents, according to the press release on Stubblefield.

“The priority in these activities included water sustainability, integrating paid firefighters into volunteer fire stations, promoting parks and recreation, beautifying the county with trash and residential cleanup, creating from a day report center, improving transportation needs in the county, successfully recruiting new businesses, such as the Macy’s e-commerce center, and working aggressively with state and federal authorities to promote local needs, ”said the statement about Stubblefield.

Before becoming a county commissioner, he served 37 years in uniform – first in the Navy and later with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Rear Admiral Stubblefield oversaw NOAA aircraft and ships, as well as the Commissioned Officer Corps. NOAA’s planes include hurricane chasers, which provide a tool for both hurricane reconnaissance and research. NOAA ships conduct global research on climate studies, monitor marine fish populations, and collect data for hydrographic charts.

Stubblefield commanded research vessels, which have sailed much of the world’s oceans, including the Arctic and Antarctic, and held many senior positions in research and operations in the Navy and the NOAA. He is the recipient of the Department of Commerce Silver Medal and the Reserve Officers Association Exemplary Service Recognition. In addition, he is the author of over 30 professional articles.

He has served on the advisory board of the National Sea Grant College and Universities Program and as a member of the national board of directors of the Military Officers Association of America with its 350,000 members. He has also served on the advisory board of the Department of Geology at the University of Iowa and as a guest speaker at various federal government training seminars.

Commissioner Stubblefield was one of the founders and first chairman of the anti-waste organization Berkeley Community Pride, served as chairman of the board of directors of the Berkeley County Public Service Water District, co-chairman of the Berkeley County Source Water Protection study , represented the county as a member of a regional bi-state water policy committee, headed the county comprehensive plan development committee, served as chairman of the county fire council, served on the Ambulance Authority, Economic Development Authority, Berkeley County Senior Service Board of Directors and as an alumnus at First Presbyterian Church in Martinsburg.

He has been or is active in several service organizations in the county, including Rotary, Ruritan and the Chamber of Commerce.

Stubblefield currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Blue Ridge Technical and Community College, the Board of Trustees of the Hospice of the Eastern Panhandle, and the Board of Trustees of Berkeley Community Pride.

With his wife Bonnie and through the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, a fund is established to fund active roadside garbage collection in perpetuity. The intention is to collect litter frequently enough to influence a cultural change. They also created the Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications.

According to the official statement, before his retirement, his wife, Dr Bonnie McGregor Stubblefield, was associate director of the US Geological Survey. She currently sits on the Land Trust of the Eastern Panhandle Board, the Board of Directors of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, and the United Way Community Investment Committee.

Sponsorships and individual ticket requests are now being accepted for the Distinguished Citizen Award dinner in March.

For more information, visit www.BCDCD22.givesmart.com, or contact Event Co-Chairs Rich McCune at 304-262-2500, Eric Stenger at 304-620-4258 or Scout District Director Jon Elliott at 304 -582-2498.