Town of Nutter Fort, WV

Town Council

Current Town of Nutter Fort Council Members (pictured L-R):  Councilman Bruce Kidd, Councilwoman Karen Phillips, Recorder Charlene Louk, Mayor Sam Maxson, Judge Bedell, Councilman William "B.J." Benincosa, Councilwoman Natalie Haddix and Councilman Ryan Roberts

The Town of Nutter Fort Council Meetings are held the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:30 PM in Council Chambers.  The Council Chambers is located in the Police/Fire Department Building.

Council members consist of:
  • Sam Maxson - Mayor
  • Charlene Louk - Recorder
  • William "BJ" Benincosa - Councilman
  • Brenda Riley- Councilwoman
  • Natalie Haddix - Councilwoman
  • Karen Phillips - Councilwoman
  • Donald "Duck" Webster- Councilman
All Town Council positions are elected, two (2) year term positions.  Elections for these positions are every odd-numbered year.  Current Council Members are in-office until June 13, 2017.
Mayor Sam Maxson

Meet our Mayor

Sam Maxson was elected Mayor in June, 2015, after serving as recorder since 1997. Maxson previously served as a member of Nutter Fort council from 1991 until his appointment as recorder in 1997.

Maxson is a resident of 2nd Ave in the Bagwell section of Nutter Fort and was a member of the Nutter Fort Lions Club from 1973 until 2007, where he served many offices both at the local and state level.
He is an ordained Deacon at First Baptist Church of Nutter Fort.

Sam has been married to Susie for nearly 49 years and is the father of 1 daughter, Michelle, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

He  retired after nearly 39 years from Cummins Crosspoint of Fairmont where he was the lead power generation technician/electrician.

He is the president and co-founder of the WV Blackberry Festival and works hard to insure its continued success. In 2016, the Blackberry Festival will celebrate its 20th year, bringing free, quality, family oriented fun to Nutter Fort’s Clarksburg City Park the first weekend of August.

Sam wishes to be available to all and can be reached by calling the office at 304 622-7713 or by e-mail at

    Recorder Charlene Louk- Information coming soon

    Councilman William Benincosa

    William "B.J." Benincosa is married to Lois Benincosa.  Together they have two (2) sons, Billy and Jeff, and two (2) wonderful grandchildren, Trey and Alyssa.

    BJ has been a life-long resident of Nutter Fort since his birth here in 1941. He attended and graduated from R-W High School in 1960.

    William has served The Town of Nutter Fort in numerous capacities.  He was a Nutter Fort Policeman in the 1960's and also a Nutter Fort Fireman in the 1960's.

    William has also been a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Nutter Fort where he is currently a Trustee.  He is a Charter Member of the Nutter Fort Lions Club, where he is currently serving as Vice-President.

    William is currently serving his fifth term on Nutter Fort Town Council.

    Councilman Bruce Kidd

    Bruce has earned a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Fairmont State University. He is also a Certified Financial Planner. Bruce is an active member of the Nutter Fort Lions Club and of the Harrison County Development Authority. He has been an Ameriprise Financial Advisor for 25 years.

    Bruce and his wife Marilyn Jenks Kidd, have been married for over 30 years.  She has been a lifelong resident of Harrison County. Marilyn is a retired Harrison County school teacher, and moved to Nutter Fort 20+ years ago. They have two children, a son Benjamin and a daughter Whitney. Whitney is married to Dave Patterson, and they have a daughter named Audrey Lane Patterson, who is Bruce and Marilyns' first grandchild.

    Councilman Ryan Roberts- Information coming soon

    Councilwoman Natalie Haddix- Information coming soon

    Councilwoman Karen Phillips

    Karen (Rollyson) Phillips has lived in Nutter Fort her entire life and graduated from Roosevelt-Wilson High School in 1967.  She attended Fairmont State College and in 1975 opened the first day-care center in Nutter Fort, known as Mother Goose Land, which has grown to three (3) locations in town.  Her eldest son, Jason Ross, graduated from Washington-Irving High School in 1991 and her younger son, Scott Ross, graduated from Robert C. Byrd High School in 2001.

    Karen married Ronald Phillips in 1993 and has one step-son, Justin Phillips.  She has seven (7) grandchildren and is a member of the Everlasting Covenant Church in Fairmont, WV.

    Karen was elected to Town Council in 2003.  She is a core member of the Universal Pre-K School Planning Commission for the Harrison County Board of Education as well as a collaborative partner with the Harrison County Pre-School Program.