Former Wood Co. Sheriff to receive appointment as WV Military Affairs & Public Safety Secretary

Governor-elect Justice Names Jeff Sandy DMAPS Secretary

Sandy will bring years of experience to WV Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety 

CHARLESTON, WV— In a press release sent December 21, 2016, Governor-elect Jim Justice announced that Jeff Sandy will serve as his secretary of WV Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety (DMAPS). Sandy is a Wood County native and currently a partner in Perry Forensic Investigations LLC, after working 25 years as a Special Agent with U.S. Treasury’s Criminal Investigation Division. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

In 2008, Sandy was elected Sheriff of Wood County.  As Sheriff, Sandy modernized his office with new equipment and new investigative strategies. He was appointed to serve on the Board of the Regional Jail Authority. In 2012, he was elected Chairman of the Regional Jail Board. Sandy also served on the Board of the West Virginia Sheriff’s Association. He worked in Iraq on counter terrorism missions and to trace Saddam Hussein’s hidden assets to keep them from being used by terrorists.  His achievements were featured on ABC’s WorldNews Tonight (view here). Since 9/11, Sandy has been part of the elite Department of Justice funded SLATT Team (State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training) that has trained over 140,000 United States law enforcement officers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

“I want the best and brightest to serve in my administration and Jeff Sandy’s experience and qualifications are second to no one,” said Governor-elect Jim Justice. “Jeff served our country and the people of Wood County with distinction and I am totally confident that he will continue his extraordinary service to the people of West Virginia. Jeff Sandy is prepared to keep West Virginians safe and make sure our state is ready to handle emergencies.” 

Jeff Sandy stated, “Governor-elect Justice and his team made it clear that they wanted to appoint someone for DMAPS that had international and domestic public safety experience; and in addition, had experience in private business. When the Governor-elect called me, and asked me to be his Secretary for DMAPS, it was an honor and an opportunity to give back to the state that I love.  I assure the people of West Virginia that I will do everything in my power to keep West Virginians safe from foreign and domestic threats to our way of life.”

During his time at U.S. Department of Treasury he earned over 100 awards, including: West Virginia Mid-Ohio Valley “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year”, U.S. Department of Treasury Employee of the Year, and the second highest medal awarded by the Department of Defense, and the highest award issued by the Department of the Treasury for his investigative work in Iraq concerning the United Nations Oil for Food Fraud, Terrorism Funding, and the tracing of Saddam Hussein’s hidden assets.

Jeff and his wife Renee have 3 children that are graduates of Marshall University.  Ben and Matt are Certified Public Accountants, and Brittany is a school teacher specializing in special education.


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


November 1, 2013

WVSA receives two donations for In-Vest Program

Today the WV Sheriffs’ Association were able to make deposits into the In-Vest account because of the generosity of two different sources.  First, the WVSA received a $500 donation from the WV Judicial Association.  In the letter from 7th Judicial Circuit Judge Eric H. O’Briant, the group’s treasurer, “a small token of our appreciation for the continuing efforts of law enforcement officers to protect and serve.”

Next, Members of the WVSA traveled to Herbert Hoover HS in Kanawha County to meet with some young men to receive a donation that they had worked to make to In-Vest.  WVSA President Sheriff Tom McComas, Treasurer Sheriff Steve Tanner, Sheriff John Rutherford with his Chief Deputy (Former Sheriff) Mike Rutherford, Executive Director Rodney Miller and members of the Kanawha and Raleigh County Sheriff’s Offices met with thre of the four members of the band “Everpulse” who regularly perform free community concerts in the area and with funding generated from concession sales and other donations, the group donates all proceeds to different groups each time.

The students, who’s band calls itself “Everpulse” regularly conducts free community concerts where the invite various bands to come and play for the public.  During the normally day long concerts, the group sells concessions and accepts donations for the worthy cause they determine prior to the event.
During the September 7, 2013 event, the boys decided that the WV Sheriffs’ “In-Vest” program would receive the fruits of their labor.  In-Vest was began by the WV Sheriffs’ Association in late 2012 after a deputy sheriff was shot by a man who had just killed two WV Troopers in central WV.  The deputy was chasing the murderer and upon coming upon him, the deputy was shot and injured.  He was saved by the bullet proof vest he was wearing, which was a borrowed vest he was wearing from his part time employment as a local area city officer.  The WVSA has been raising funds since that time and expects to begin the first round of handing out vests this month.
Today’s presentation is the culmination of their effort to support those people in WV who risk their lives daily in order to protect their citizens.  Members of Everpulse are Herbert Hoover HS seniors are Cody Carpenter, Daniel Woody, John Page and Johnny Mollohan, who recently graduated from HHHS.  The four young men presented $736.00 to the In-Vest account.  They were presented Certificates of Appreciation by WVSA President and Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas, WVSA Treasurer and Raleigh Co. Sheriff Steve Tanner and Kanawha Co. Sheriff John Rutherford.
WVSA accepts donation to In-Vest from Herbert Hoover students who held community concert to raise funds to buy deputies bullet resistant vests.

WVSA accepts donation to In-Vest from Herbert Hoover students who held community concert to raise funds to buy deputies bullet resistant vests.











October 25, 2013


Putnam Co. Sheriff Installs Drug Drop Box To Fight Abuse

Putnam Co. – Sheriff Steve Deweese, US Attorney Booth Goodwin and community leaders met to unveil a new tool to combat drug abuse and thefts.  Putnam Co. has installed a “Drug Drop Box” where members of the community has a place they can safely and securely dispose of unused, outdated or not needed drugs in order to try and keep them off the street and out of the hands of drug abusers.  Click on this link for the full story as covered by the Charleston Gazette.
October 16, 2013

Former Sheriff still serving the public with new community center

Berkeley Co. – A new $2.1 million recreation center has opened in Inwood, WV with help from former Berkeley County Sheriff W. Randy Smith.

The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation and the W. Randy Smith Family Fund provided most of the funding for the project. The foundation is a charitable fund established by Smith who made two contributions totaling $2.1 million for the facility.  After serving as Sheriff, Smith found himself in the spotlight as a Powerball jackpot winner.

The Berkeley County School Board donated land for the facility and the W. Randy Smith Recreation Center was constructed on the Musselman High School campus.

According to media outlets, the dedication ceremony for the W. Randy Smith Center will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 20, and is open to all community members.

W.Randy Smith Center (photo courtesy of Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Board)

W.Randy Smith Center (photo courtesy of Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Board)


September 7, 2013
Teenagers Raise Funds For In-Vest

Kanawha Co – The Elkview Community Center came alive with the help of a group of area teens in an effort to raise money to buy bullet proof vests for WV Deputy Sheriffs.

A group of young musicians who go by “Everpulse” hosted a community concert and invited other area bands who performed throughout the Saturday in the drug and alcohol free event.  According to Everpulse parent Anita Carpenter, the boys host benefit shows for worthy causes and then donate the proceeds to the charity.  They decided that they wanted to help deputy sheriffs after hearing of the fundraising effort, In-Vest, conducted by the WV Sheriffs’ Association.

The concerts are free to the public, but the group accepts donations for their cause and seek out corporate sponsors for the event.  The group has held various fundraiser over recent history, for various causes they deemed worthy.  The event received press coverage from the Charleston Gazette newspaper as well as WCHS-TV.

According to Carpenter, the group raised in excess of $750 but are still counting donations.  WVSA staff, Sheriffs and Deputies are working on a date where they can travel to Herbert Hoover HS to be presented with the donation.  Herbert Hoover HS is the high school the group of young men attend.