Bobby Brown Appointed to Ward 18 City Council Seat

During tonight’s Charleston City Council meeting, Councilman Will Laird announced his resignation from Charleston City Council. At the Council meeting, Bobby Brown was nominated and unanimously approved to take his place as representative for Ward 18.


“Bobby Brown has been an advocate for those struggling with substance use disorder locally, regionally and on a national level,” said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. “I look forward to working with Councilman Brown as he serves his community in this new and exciting way.”


Brown is a retired employee of the City of Charleston with 26 years of service. He worked at Spring Hill Cemetery, the Public Grounds Department, Refuse Department and Streets Department. Brown retired in February 2021.


Bobby Brown is a 1977 graduate of  Sherman High School and Boone Career and Technical Center. He has lived in Kanawha City for more than 40 years.


Along with his wife Cece, he lobbied the legislature to create the Ryan Brown Addiction Prevention and Recovery Fund in 2017. This fund was created in memory of their son, Ryan Brown, who died of an overdose in 2014. They also run Ryan’s Hope, an addiction and overdose awareness organization. The Brown’s also helped establish the first overdose awareness day in West Virginia.