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After nearly five decades of service, Assistant City Manager, Anthony “Boo” Bellotte has retired from the City of Clarksburg. A man who began his career at the tender age of 19 climbed the ranks of the City’s management before being named Assistant City Manager in 2014, Anthony had been the Superintendent of the Public Works Department since 1996.
Shortly after beginning his career in the traffic division of the Public Works Department in 1974, where he painted curbs, made signs, and maintained traffic signals, he earned the reputation of being a dedicated, hard-working employee. Within five years of beginning his career with the City of Clarksburg, Anthony took on his first role in management within the Public Works Department where he was involved in thousands of projects in all divisions of the Public Works Department including; the street division, sewer division, traffic division, parking, vehicle maintenance, and Yard Waste Compost Center.
Mr. Bellotte played a vital role in bringing the Yard Waste Compost Center to fruition. The City of Clarksburg is the home to one of the first Yard Waste Compost Centers in the state of West Virginia. Anthony was also a part of the first class to receive their certification in Yard Waste Compost from West Virginia University. The Yard Waste Compost Center that originated in 1990 under Mr. Bellotte is still fully functional today.
“Anthony’s drive, desire and dedication for over 45 years to the City of Clarksburg and its residents will be terribly missed and irreplaceable. Throughout his career he has consistently displayed professionalism, work ethic, knowledge and loyalty. He also never, ever lost his edge,” says Eric Leaseburg, local business owner.
His proudest accomplishment throughout his career has been helping the citizens of Clarksburg who did not know who to go to, and did not know who to ask for help, and he prided himself on being the person to help them. Anthony was heavily involved in the development of East Pointe Shopping Center, Streetscape projects in Glen Elk and Downtown, the Yard Waste Compost Center, and restoration of the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center. He was responsible for directing the entire project, securing municipal funding, selecting design and construction partners, as well as managing the meticulous restoration through all phases of the construction.
Martin Howe stated, “It was a great honor to have Anthony as an integral management team member. He provided irreplaceable knowledge of the city as well as an expertise and professionalism as Project Manager for many of the city's development and infrastructure projects. The pinnacle project was the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center, which he exceptionally managed to allow my focus on the tax credits to immensely reduce the overall debt owed by the taxpayers. His dedication and loyalty to the City will never be forgotten.”
Anthony has been involved in numerous community groups including North View Pride and the Monticello Ongoing Revitalization Effort (M.O.R.E.). He served on many Boards and Commissions throughout his tenure with the City including the Parking Authority and Traffic Commission. He was an active member of American Public Works Association, the International Municipal Signal Association, through which he was a certified Traffic Signal Technician and Sign and Marketing Specialist.
Former Clarksburg City Manager, Dan Boroff described Anthony the best when he stated, “Anthony was a dedicated professional who worked day in and day out to improve and better Clarksburg.” Mr. Boroff continued, “Anthony was always the go-to guy in the City, no matter the situation, and he was always ready to take on task and come up with a solution to enhance the City. Working with him made my job as the City Manager much easier.”
In addition to his many accomplishments at the City of Clarksburg, Anthony has also served his community through civic involvement. He has been heavily involved with the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival since 1979, and served on the West Virginia Italian Heritage Board from 1981 to 2005. Despite stepping down from his position on the board, he has remained heavily involved as a volunteer. In 2014, he was named West Virginia Italian-American Man of the Year in 2014. He was a member of the William Marconi Lodge Sons of Italy and participated as a regional and state representative for Catholic Community Services with the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese.
“Anthony is the kindest, most caring man who has been our dearest friend for close to 50 years. His character, commitment and integrity have been Clarksburg's greatest asset but for Anthony his most precious blessings will always be his two children and his grandchildren,” said, John and Mary Shields of Clarksburg.
Anthony is a Clarksburg native and proud resident of North View. He is strong in his faith and a member of Saint James Catholic Church where has been an usher for the past 21 years. He has raised two children solely on his own and they are his pride and joy. His daughter, Angela Rose whom is a successful model and actress, and is now chief of staff for a media relations company in New York City and his son, Anthony Joseph who leads Procurement Operations for Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Morgantown. He is also the proud grandfather of two grandsons, Brooks and Dax.
Donnie Davisson, lead singer of the Davisson Brothers Band and lifelong friend of the Bellotte’s says, “Boo Bellotte has been like family to me for as far back as I can remember. My father Eddie Davisson and Boo worked together for ten years for the city of Clarksburg when I was a kid, and mother Donna Davisson babysat Anthony and Angela while we were growing up in Northview. They are like my little brother and sister and our family friendship continues still today! Boo is about as genuine as they get and has always treated my family like his own, and that goes a long way in today’s world. I’d just like to say thank you, Boo Bellotte, for your friendship over the years and for all of your hard work and dedication as Clarksburg Assistant City Manager! I’m proud to be from Clarksburg, WV and I feel you’ve had a lot to do with that! Job well done!”
Congratulations Anthony on a wonderful career. Your service and dedication to the City of Clarksburg has been second to none, and the City wishes you the best as you move on to the next chapter!