New Sheriffs Elected Across West Virginia!
Congratulations to those who have been elected to a first term, or re-elected to a second term serving as Sheriff in each of the 55 counties in West Virginia. The WV Sheriffs’ Association looks forward to working with you to make our State and your county a better place. Those elected as Sheriff for the term beginning January 1, 2017 are as follows:
|Barbour||PHILIP G. FERGUSON||2nd|
|Braxton||EDDIE WAYNE WILLIAMS||2nd|
|Brooke||LARRY C. PALMER, JR.|
|Cabell||CHARLES “Chuck” ZERKLE|
|Gilmer||LARRY D. GERWIG||2nd|
|Grant||BRIAN W OURS|
|Greenbrier||JAN L. CAHILL||2nd|
|Hampshire||JOHN P. ALKIRE||2nd|
|Hancock||RALPH A. FLETCHER||2nd|
|Hardy||BRYAN C. WARD||2nd|
|Lewis||ADAM M. GISSY||2nd|
|Lincoln||GARY “BUTCH” LINVILLE|
|Logan||SONYA M. DINGESS PORTER||2nd|
|McDowell||MARTIN B. WEST||2nd|
|Mercer||TOMMY T.A. BAILEY|
|Mineral||JEREMY S TAYLOR||2nd|
|Mingo||JAMES M. SMITH||2nd|
|Morgan||KIM C.”KC” BOHRER|
|Nicholas||WILLIAM F. NUNLEY|
|Pendleton||DONALD L. HEDRICK||2nd|
|Pleasants||D. WAYNE WILSON II||2nd|
|Raleigh||SCOTT F. VAN METER|
|Randolph||MARK T. BRADY||2nd|
|Roane||MATTHEW BO WILLIAMS|
|Summers||GARRY E. WHEELER||2nd|
|Taylor||TERRY A AUSTIN|
|Tucker||BRIAN K WILFONG||2nd|
|Tyler||BRIAN M WEIGLE|
|Upshur||DAVID H. COFFMAN||2nd|
|Wyoming||C S SHERRILL PARKER||3rd+|
The West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association continues to work to provide you with an up to date and comprehensive website to use as a tool on a regular basis.
WV Sheriffs’ Youth Leadership Academy Camp applications are now on-line and available!
Please click on the “Camp” tab above for more information and the Camp Application.
2016 Election Endorsements
The WVSA is now accepting candidate questionnaires for consideration of endorsement of candidates for office in the 2016 election cycle. For more information, click on the “Political Action” tab above. Questionnaires are due at the WVSA Office no later than Monday, April 18th for 2016 Primary Election consideration.
The WV Sheriffs’ Association supports responsible firearms ownership and possession in our State. The WVSA now releases it’s position statement regarding potential firearms legislation to be presented during the 2016 WV Legislative Session. To view the Position Statement, click on the following link: WVSA Position Statement on Firearms Legis
Registration for the 2016 WV Auditor’s Training and WV Sheriffs Conference will open soon. For Sheriffs Office personnel, registration takes place online with the WV Auditor’s Office website. Vendors desiring to attend and participate in the WV Sheriffs Conference, click on the “2016 Conference” tab above to get more information
WV Sheriffs join Governor Tomblin as he signs SB 435 into law, creating the WV Sheriffs Bureau for Professional Standards
Sheriff s and deputies from throughout West Virginia joined WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin as he signed into law Senate Bill 435, which creates the West Virginia Sheriffs Bureau for Professional Standards. The legislation passed the 2015 legislative session and created a new board made up of the Secretary for Military Affairs and Public Safety; Executive Director of the WVSA; 5 sheriffs and 2 civilian members. The Bureau has the ability to set certain standards for WV Sheriffs, recommend training and policies and establish legislative rules on certain topics. The bill also solidifies the mutual-aid capabilities between Sheriff’s Offices throughout the State. The Bureau becomes active July 1, 2015. The Sheriffs thanked the Governor and his staff for being able to actively work with him to make WV the best it can be!
Gov. Tomblin, Senate President Bill Cole, WV Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs as SB 435 becomes law.
(Photos courtesy of the Governor’s Office)
2015 WV Sheriffs Conference and WV Auditor’s Training.
The 2015 Conference was held at the Mountaineer Resort and Casino in New Cumberland, WV September 13-15, 2015. We are pleased to have a great working relationship with the WV State Auditor’s Office to produce a great Conference and plans are underway for 2016. We are following a very successful 2015 Conferene where vendors and attendees were up from previous years. Registration details have been released by the WV Auditor’s Office and should have been received by the Sheriffs’ Offices. Vendors interested should have received email notification from the WVSA. If you haven’t and are interested in participating, contact Executive Director Miller.
Scholarship submission period for 2015 is open!
The next period for the WVSA Scholarship is now open for 2015.
Click on the Scholarship tab above for more information.
WV Sheriffs participate in Handle With Care program unveiling with Governor and US Attorney.
On March 31, 2015, several Sheriffs from throughout West Virginia joined WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and United States Attorney for the Southern District of WV in the Defedning Childhood Initiative to unveil a new program entitled Handle With Care. The program brings law enforcment, schools and other service providers together with the goal of preventing childrens’ exposure to violence, mitigate negative affects experienced by children’s exposure to violence, and to increase knowledge and awareness of this issue.
For more information on the Defending Childhood Initiative you can visit their website at www.handlewithcarewv.org.
Shown in the below photo are (from left to right): Monongalia Co. Sheriff Al Kisner; Logan Co. Sheriff Sonya Porter; Jackon Co. Sheriff Tony Boggs; WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin; Kanawha Co. Sheriff Johnny Rutherford; US Attorney Booth Goodwin; Raleigh Co. Sheriff Steve Tanner; WVSA Exec. Director, Sheriff (Ret) Rodney Miller.
2014 West Virginia Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
The WVSA partnered with the WV Fraternal Order of Police, WV Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, WV Auxiliary – Wives Behind the Badge and the WVSP Half Units to sponsor the 2014 West Virginia Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony. This year’s event was a candlelight ceremony at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. It was held on the front steps of the WV State Capitol. The evening began with WVLEOM officials meeting surviving families at the WV Memorial for a wreath laying. The Memorial is located on the patio of the WV Cultural Center on the Capitol Grounds. The group was led in procession to the front steps of the Capitol by the Beni Kedem Highlanders Bagpiper Unit. The ceremony was emceed by WVSA Executive Director Rodney Miller. Featured speakers included survivor Sara Janey, nice of Putnam County Deputy Sheriff John Janey who was killed in the line of duty in 1990, followed by the keynote address given by United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Booth Goodwin.
In-Vest is moving forward.
The first round of In-Vest presentation of vests took place December 10, 2013 in front of the House of Delegates Chamber near the rotunda of the WV State Capitol. We were pleased to have the President of the WV Senate Jeff Kessler and members of the WV Senate, and the Speaker of the WV House of Delegates Tim Miley and Delegates as well as several donors to the program present as we presented vests to Wirt, Mineral and Monroe counties.
Berkeley County Sheriff donates Cruiser to McDowell County Town
Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster recently donated a cruiser to the McDowell County town of Gary, WV, who was in need of equipment but unable to acquire it. See the full story on this link to the Charleston Gazette http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201401040103