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Posted on: January 10, 2024

Eight Apply for Sheriff Vacancy

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (January 10, 2024) – The following individuals have applied to serve the unexpired four-year term of Sheriff of Berkeley County through December 31 of this year:

  • Robert A. Blair, 322 Pastoral Court, Martinsburg
  • Jeremy J. Farner, 117 Abino Hills Way E, Martinsburg
  • David (Davy) Harold Jones, 530 Tecumseh Trail, Hedgesville
  • Tyler John Kalkbrenner, 114 Belmont Place, Falling Waters
  • Kenneth M. Lemaster Jr., 1129 Shepherdstown Road, Martinsburg
  • Kenneth Richard Mattson, 587 Tabler Station Road, Inwood
  • David Scott Richmond, 47 Spartan Drive, Martinsburg
  • Michael Wood, 96 Presbyterian Church Road, Hedgesville

The deadline to apply was 4 p.m. on Jan. 10. The individual appointed to fill the vacancy will be expected to complete the unexpired four-year term of former Sheriff Nathan Harmon, who resigned on December 26, 2023. 

On Jan. 11, the County Commission will hold a special afternoon Executive Session to review applications for the vacancy. Applicants who are selected to be interviewed - in an open session of the County Commission - will be released to the public following the Executive Session. 

On Jan. 16, public interviews of the selected applicants will be held during a special meeting of the County Commission.

The County Commission intends to appoint a new Sheriff on Jan. 18. A swearing-in ceremony for the appointed Sheriff is to be held in the County Commission Chambers on Jan. 19. 

Any vacancy that occurs in the office of prosecuting attorney, sheriff, assessor or county surveyor is to be filled by the County Commission, per W.Va. Code 3-10-8. Individuals appointed or elected to serve as sheriff are limited to serving a total of two, consecutive terms, regardless of the length of the unexpired term, per W.Va. State Law.  

To be considered for appointment to this public office, applicants must have met the following criteria per WV State law:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be legally eligible to hold public office.
  • Be a member of the same political party (Republican) as the officeholder who vacated the office.
  • Must reside in Berkeley County.

 

 

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