MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (January 11, 2024) – The Berkeley County Commission will interview three of eight individuals who applied to serve the unexpired four-year term of Sheriff of Berkeley County through December 31 of this year.
The interviews of the three finalists will be held on Jan. 16 in a special public meeting of the Berkeley County Commission. The special meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 AM.
The finalists for the appointment are:
- Robert A. Blair, Martinsburg
- Jeremy J. Farner, Martinsburg
- David Scott Richmond, Martinsburg
Applications also were received from: David (Davy) Harold Jones, Hedgesville; Tyler John Kalkbrenner, Falling Waters; Kenneth M. Lemaster Jr., Martinsburg; Kenneth Richard Mattson, Inwood and Michael Wood, 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.
The three finalists were announced by Berkeley County Commission President James P. Whitacre after the commissioners reviewed applications during a special afternoon Executive Session.
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.