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To the Shepherdstown Community:

At the September 8 Town Council meeting, the Shepherdstown Town Council unanimously adopted the following motion relating to Halloween/Trick or Treating related activities:

"The Town Council does not endorse any Halloween events and discourages any Halloween related activities including town-wide Trick or Treating and BooFest based upon Covid-19 safety concerns. "

This decision applies within the corporate limits of Shepherdstown.

The Shepherdstown Town Council made the decision to discourage and not endorse Halloween activities very thoughtfully.  This decision regarding one of Shepherdstown’s premier events was difficult but health and safety must be our #1 priority.


Mayor Auxer

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Municipal Election:

As a result of Governor Justice's executive order, Shepherdstown's June 2 Municipal Election has been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

The election is for the positions of Mayor, Recorder and five Town Council Members.  Sample Ballot  

Polling Place/Location:

Shepherdstown Town Hall

104 North King Street

Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Precinct #33

Polling Hours:

6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Voter Registration:

June 30 is the deadline to register to vote in the municipal election.  For more information about registering to vote, contact the Jefferson County Voter Registration Office at 304-728-3246 or go online to . To be eligible to vote in the municipal election, you must a registered voter residing within the corporate limits of Shepherdstown.  To verify if you reside within the corporate limits, call the Town Clerk at 304-876-2398.

Voting by Absentee Ballot:

July 15 is the deadline for Town Hall to receive all Absentee Ballot Applications  The application must be completed in the applicant's own handwriting (not typed).  See application for complete details.  The application can be mailed to P.O. Box 248, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443, faxed to 304-876-1473, or emailed to .

June 5 - July 16 - Absentee ballots are mailed to voters who submitted an application.

An absentee ballot is considered received in a timely manner:

  • If it is received by mail no later than the close of polls on election day.
  • If postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service with a date on or before the date of the election;
  • If it is received before the beginning of the canvass;
  • If it is not postmarked and received by mail no later than the day after the election; or
  • If it is received by hand delivery to the recorder no later than the day before the election (note: no person may hand-deliver more than two ballots)

Early Voting:

July 8 - 18 - Early Voting takes place at the Shepherdstown Town Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the last two Saturday's (July 11 and 18) before the election from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   A voter does not have to provide a reason for voting during this time.  The voter does not complete an application for early voting in person.

The Voter ID requirements can be found online here:



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With the Governor's announcements of allowing the rollout of the reopening of businesses in West Virginia, the Town and a task force of stakeholders initiated a campaign to set the tone of Respect, Protect and Appreciation for our visitors to wear masks and do social distancing to make our community a safer one. This campaign includes a Town Resolution, a series of posters to be placed prominently around town and a social media marketing campaign to be implemented by the Shepherdstown Visitors Center.


Police Department Guidance

Town Posters

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As a result of Governor Justice's executive order, Shepherdstown's June 2 Municipal Election has been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 21, 2020.  Applications for absentee ballots will be mailed to all registered voters or you can click here to get your application now.  The application must be completed in the applicant's own handwriting (not typed).  See application for complete details.  The application can be mailed to P.O. Box 248, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443, faxed to 304-876-1473, or emailed to . The deadline to return the application is July 15, 2020.  Voters who request an absentee ballot will have them mailed to them beginning June 5.   Contact Amy L. Boyd, Town Clerk, at 304-876-2398 for further information.

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The Corporation of Shepherdstown is accepting applications for the full-time position of Accounting Clerk.  This position requires experience with the following:  general accounting, fund accounting, GASP Accounting Principles, all aspects of payroll, QuickBooks Accounting Software, Excel spreadsheets, working with various departmental budgets as well as the Municipal Levy Budget.  Professional and courteous interaction with the staff and public is necessary.  Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  For more information, please call the Town Clerk, Amy Boyd, at 304-876-2398 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Applications may be picked up at Town Hall, 104 North King Street, during normal business hours or by clicking here.  Resumes may be submitted but must be accompanied by a completed Corporation of Shepherdstown application.

The Corporation of Shepherdstown is an equal opportunity employer.

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Dear Valued Corporation of Shepherdstown Customer:

Beginning November 1, you will notice multiple changes with your new monthly utility bill.  We heard from a number of you expressing a desire for the Water Business Office to move away from the postcard billing format, and we are pleased to present this new bill to you.

The new bills come inserted in an envelope for greater customer privacy, and a return envelope is enclosed for your convenience.  The new format also includes a graph showing water usage so that you will be able to monitor your water consumption.  We now have opportunities to better communicate various services to you, whether via a message on your bill or an additional insert that comes as part of your billing statement.  Payment options include cash, check, credit card (processing fees apply), and e-check (processing fees apply). You can pay your bill at Town Hall located at 104 North King Street (in person or using the dropbox), online at, or by phone at 304-318-8590. You will have the option to sign up for paperless billing and autopay by clicking here.  Please note, you will need your account number to sign up.

In addition to the information on your new billing statement, I encourage you to review the back of your bill for additional billing information.  If you have any questions after reviewing your bill, please do not hesitate to call the Shepherdstown Water Business Office at 304-876-2574.


Arthur J. Auxer, Mayor

Sample Bill

Processing Fee Schedule

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Notice of Vacancy


The Corporation of Shepherdstown is accepting applications for the position of Laborer I.  Duties include, but are not limited to, general labor duties, such as garbage collection, mowing, street cleanup, assisting Water and Sanitary Departments as assigned, which could include regular lifting of 30lbs.  High school diploma or equivalent is required.  CDL license is required. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience. A physical examination and other pre-employment screenings, including a background check, are required.  Applications may be obtained at Town Hall between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday or downloaded by clicking on the link below.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Corporation of Shepherdstown is an equal opportunity employer.  For more information about the position, please contact Frank Welch, Public Works Director, at 304-876-3322.

Employment Application

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Shepherdstown will not promote TRICK or TREAT in 2021. German Street will not be closed to vehicular traffic. Those individuals who desire to participate in trick or treat are requested to follow social distancing practices. The Shepherdstown Police Department will provide additional coverage between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 31, 2021. Please be kind and patient during this time. Safety for all is our primary goal.

Thank you,

Mayor Jim Auxer

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Update:  09/14/21 2:47 p.m.

The water leak has been repaired.  If you experience cloudy water, please run the water until it clears and report it to the Water Plant.  Thank you for your patience.


A water leak has been discovered on Rt. 45 in the area of the new Sheetz construction site (across from McDonald's).  Crews are working to repair the leak.  Customers in this area may experience an interruption in water service.  Updates will be provided as they are received.  Please call the Shepherdstown Water Plant at 304-876-2394 with questions or concerns.

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Councilmember Chris Stroech (304-725-2002, )


Shepherdstown, WV (August 30, 2021)– Shepherdstown Mayor Jim Auxer today announced that the Corporation of Shepherdstown will receive $60,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funding for Coronavirus relief through the State of West Virginia.


The grant was announced by Governor Jim Justice, in a virtual ceremony Friday, August 27th, 2021. Shepherdstown is one of several communities in West Virginia that will receive CDBG-CV funds for community development projects related to Coronavirus relief.


Shepherdstown’s grant will benefit low-to-moderate-income households that are behind on their mortgage, rent, and/or utility payments. The town will provide emergency funds to households facing economic hardship following the recent expiration of the nationwide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures. The program will be administered by Catholic Charities West Virginia, Martinsburg office, and support will be based on demonstrated need, the availability of funds, and documented eligibility for assistance, including income and residency requirements.


“On behalf of Mayor Jim Auxer, the Town Council of Shepherdstown, and the Shepherdstown Grants Committee, I would like to express our gratitude to Governor Jim Justice for this funding, which will help people in our community to overcome the devastating effects of the COVID epidemic on the tourism and hospitality economy that is vital to our community.” said Councilmember Christopher Stroech, who chairs the Grants Committee.


Stroech said the town is looking forward to partnering with Catholic Charities in the administration of the grant.


Shepherdstown residents who are in need of assistance should contact the Martinsburg Office of Catholic Charities: Siobhan Bertone 304-267-8837 ext. 10


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was established by Congress as part of the Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1974. The West Virginia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) provides grants to local governments (towns, cities, and counties) that do not receive CDBG direct funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The primary objective of CDBG funding is to develop sustainable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities principally for persons of low to moderate income.


Catholic Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The agency is open to serving all people regardless of their race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, marital or family status. Catholic Charities is the second largest social service organization (the first being DHHR) in the state of West Virginia. Their Martinsburg office administers several local and federal grants and partners with The Regional Resource Connection (RRC). Eligible residents of the Corporation of Shepherdstown will be assisted by Catholic Charities without regard to transportation limitations.






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Shepherdstown's parking permits (residential, tenant, employee, and non­profit) will expire on August 31, 2021. The entire month of September will be given to renew permits. Permit renewal may be done in person at the Police Department during the hours of 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. (office closed from 12-1 p.m. for lunch) or by mailing in your application. The Police Department will also be open on Saturday, September 11 and September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to accommodate renewal requests.
If you have not received an application for renewal, please stop by the office or give us a call so that we may hand-deliver a form.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the renewal process, please call our office at 304-876-6036.
Shepherdstown Police Department

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“The First Wealth is Health” -  Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The Shepherdstown Community prides itself on coming together for the common good. The Covid-19 crisis has renewed its attack upon us. Therefore, it seems imperative that we make effort to thwart this foe. Please vaccinate, if you have not vaccinated, wear a mask indoors. If as Emerson proclaims wealth is health, let us enrich our community through vaccination and mask wearing. We are Shepherdstown.


Be Safe

Mayor Jim Auxer

"The Long History of Mandated Vaccines In The United States"

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Effective Thursday, August 12 at 8am



The pandemic continues to evolve. The numbers in Jefferson County and surrounding areas are increasing. We continue to listen to our faculty, staff, and students, while also taking into consideration, with frustration, the mixed messages from the state capital. We will do what is needed to provide exactly what we have promised our students – a safe, face-to-face, in-person class experience. Equally as important, we will do what we need to do for you, our staff and faculty, to feel safe when you come to work each day.



  • If you have been fully vaccinated, you will have the option of wearing a mask OR teaching behind a clear screen. Your vaccination allows you this choice.
  • If you have already posted your syllabi, these new updates can be addressed during your first meeting with your students. Students will be notified separately and repeatedly about the mask mandate well ahead of the first day of classes.
  • Names of students who do not comply with the mask requirement should be sent to Jake Mellow at
  • Faculty can – and should – enforce the mask policy when meeting with students or other employees in their private offices.


  • If your office provides customer service, you will need to keep your mask on, even if there is a protective screen in your area.
  • Supervisors should hold staff accountable for following the mask mandate, using regular progressive discipline strategies. This is a matter of policy compliance and workplace safety. Compliance with this policy is important for the welfare of the University.
  • Staff can and should enforce the mask policy when meeting with students or other employees in their private offices


The requirement to wear a mask while indoors is subject to the following criteria:

  • Not required while working alone in a closed office assigned to that employee for work and occupied solely by that employee at the time;
  • Not required while working in a laboratory or other setting in which alternative facial protective equipment, which covers the nose and mouth, is utilized;
  • Not required for employees or students who are assigned to live on campus, while inside their individual living quarters;
  • Not required while in a single-occupancy restroom;
  • Not required while eating in a room designated for eating meals and while maintaining reasonable distances from other persons who are also actively eating.
  • Not required while exercising outdoors. When exercising at The Wellness Center, please refer to posted signage with their policies for each area of the facility.



  • What about eating in our campus dining facilities? Wear your mask at all times except while you are eating.
  • How will this requirement be enforced? Students’ names will be sent to the Office of Student Conduct at which time, the coordinator will follow policy for non-compliance. Staff or faculty who are in non-compliance will be addressed by their immediate supervisor, which could lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
  • Will students be required to wear masks in the residence halls? Yes, except when in their private room.
  •      Do I need to wear a mask while exercising at The Wellness Center? The Wellness Center will provide masking requirements specific to their facility and the type of exercise being performed.
  • What policies are in place for those who are unvaccinated?

o   Those who are not vaccinated will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test not older than 72 hours prior to the first day of class. Please watch for more information about how to register your test results.

o   Participate in surveillance testing

o   Quarantine if in contact with someone who is COVID positive. ​Please refer to the temporary HR policy as to how leave must be tracked in the event of required quarantine, isolation, or medical appointments.


As the pandemic continues to evolve, so shall we. Shepherd University will base our decisions on facts to provide a safe environment for you — and our entire campus community.



Holly Morgan Frye                          

Vice President for Student Affairs and

Director of Community Relations

Chair of Campus Health Task Force

Shepherd University