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Veteran Lawman Appointed As Chief

By Staff | Mar 30, 2016

PADEN CITY There’s a new badge in town.

With City Council’s blessing, Mayor John Hopkins appointed Bob Postlehwait as the city’s new police chief. Postlehwait will begin wearing a badge starting April. 1.

“I look forward to watching this department grow,” Postlehwait said.

Councilman and mayoral candidate Joel Davis praised Postlehwait’s desire to serve the community.

“It was not an easy decision to make as we had many great applicants,” said Davis, who is also chairman of council’s police committee. “As a retired officer, Bob has a lot of experience and I am confident in his leadership abilities. I am looking forward to see what Bob has planned for the Paden City police department. I also want to thank Sgt. (Tim) Shreve for stepping up and working as interim chief.”

Postlehwait said he plans to meet with area law enforcement, business owners, residents and more.

“I want a good rapport built back with the community.”

A veteran law enforcement officer, Postlehwait has 22 years of experience with the Tuscaloosa Police Department before he retired as a corporal in 2003. He is certified so serve as a police chief by the state’s Department of Public Safety. Postlewait will oversee a department with four full-time officers and one part-time officer.

“We have a young police force,” he said. “I feel like I can help the younger officers develop. I want to see these guys proactive in everything they do in this town.”

Postlehwait, 57, is a product of Paden City Schools and neighborhoods. His father, Greg, was the first Paden City football player to make First Team All-State.

After more than 22 years living in the South, Postlehwait returned to West Virginia in 2007 so that he could raise his family. His son, Robby, graduated from Paden City High School in 2011. Postlehwait was elected in 2014 as the councilman for the Third Ward. He has served as chairman of council’s police committee. Postlehwait said he plans to step down as a councilman.

The drug problem is a concern for law enforcement everywhere and Paden City is no different. Postlehwait said the police department will continue to take an proactive stance.

“We are aware of the problem,” he said. “We’re going to take what do the best job that we can to slow down the drug trade in the area.”

Postlehwait takes over the post in the wake of Joseph Richardson’s termination as police chief in January. Richardson was suspended by council in October pending the outcome of domestic battery and unlawful restraint charges in Tyler County Magistrate Court. Shreve has been serving as interim police chief during the transition.