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Two Vying for Seat on Bench

By Staff | Apr 6, 2016

Kendle

MIDDLEBOURNE Earl P. “Bob” Kendle Jr., is seeking election as Magistrate, District 1

Kendle, two-term Tyler County Sheriff, has more than 37 years of law enforcement experience.

“I want to take what I’ve learned and do the best job that I can do to hear and impartially judge all cases that come before me,” he said.

Magistrates are now being elected in a non-partisan race at the May 10 primary election.

Due to state law, Kendle can not run for a third term as sheriff.

A 1975 graduate of Paden City High School, Kendle completed the 36th Basic Police Course at the State Police Academy and has completed numerous specialized training courses. During his long tenure in law enforcement, Kendle has worked for the Middlebourne Police Department and as a radio/teletype operator for the State Police detachment in Paden City. He served as the first certified school resource officer at Tyler Consolidated High/Middle School for four years. Kendle served as a deputy sheriff for nearly 28 years along with being Sistersville’s police chief for about 18 months prior to being elected as sheriff in 2008. He was named as Police Officer of the Year in 1985 by the Sistersville Jaycees.

Kendle is a past president and vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123, St. Marys. He is also a member of the Middlebourne Masonic Lodge No. 34 A.F. & A.M., Royal Arch Masons, Sistersville, No. 27, Mountain State Commandery #14 New Martinsville, the Tyler County Shrine Club, Nemesis Shrine of Parkersburg, Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 31 of St. Marys, IOOF #62 Middlebourne, the West Virginia Sheriff’s Association, the Deputy Sheriff’s Association and National Rifle Association. Kendle and his wife Crucita live in Middlebourne and they have five children and seven grandchildren.

Kendle said he will use the extensive law enforcement experience that he’s gained to bring better service to the community and a better understanding of the functions of the magistrate’s office.

“I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving the people of Tyler County, but this time as their magistrate,” Kendle said.

Two Vying for Seat on Bench

By Staff | Apr 6, 2016

Dotson

MIDDLEBOURNE Mary Dotson is running for Magistrate, District 1.

Before Dotson was appointed as a magistrate in January 2015 by Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge Mark Karl, she served as a magistrate assistant for 19 years.

“I enjoy my job very much and hope to continue serving the citizens as a magistrate in Tyler County by bringing experience, fairness and impartiality to the court on a daily basis,” she said.

Magistrates are now being elected in a non-partisan race at the May 10 primary election.

Dotson resides in Middlebourne and has been married to her husband, Jay, for 36 years. They have three children and three great grandchildren. She said raising a family in Tyler County has given her the opportunity to volunteer and serve her community and county various capacities. Dotson is a member of the Middlebourne United Methodist Church. She has attended Parkersburg Community College, West Virginia Northern Community College as well as completing all courses and training sessions required through the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Dotson said she is familiar with the important role a magistrate has within the court system and public. Throughout her working career, Dotson said, she has demonstrated the ability to work and learn the responsibilities associated with the court system and public. Dotson said that because she has many years of service and training with her position as magistrate and as a magistrate’s assistant, she demonstrates dedication, hands-on experience and knowledge of the judicial system.

“As a magistrate, it is important to listen, have compassion, treat individuals fairly and at the same time, apply and enforce the law,” she said.