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Tyler County Sheriff Discusses New Deputies

By Staff | Jun 29, 2016

By Chad Turner

Staff Writer

MIDDLEBOURNE – Tyler County Sheriff Bob Kendle Jr. discussed recent hires at the June 22 County Commission meeting. Kendle said three new officers – Tammy Satterfield, John Satterfield and Mason Rine – were hired in recent weeks.

Tammy Satterfield has over ten years experience with the Doddridge County Sheriffs Office and Rine is certified as a law enforcement officer through his service with the Sistersville Police Department, Kendle said. They are scheduled to begin July 11 .

John Satterfield will be sent to the State Police Academy for certification and he is scheduled to begin work on July 25.

The Satterfields know each other more than most new hires. Tammy Satterfield is John Satterfield’s mother. Also note, Tammy Satterfield will be the first female deputy in Tyler County history, according to Sergeant Shannon Huffman.

The additional deputies will be allow the sheriff’s department to provide more service to Tyler County.

“They are a welcome addition to the sheriffs office and a much needed addition,” Huffman said. “These hires will allow the sheriffs office to have a detective in the department to dedicate more time to our larger felony investigations and will increase officer safety along with greater protection of the counties citizens. We still aren’t were we need to be with officers on the road on the midnight shift, but with the county commissioners help we are getting closer and improving our sheriff’s department.”

Along with the new hires, Kendle asked the commission for permission to purchase “junk packs” which are personal survival packs designed to aid officers in case of a medical emergency. These packs include one-arm tourniquets, suture materials and other medical equipment needed for on the scene repairs. Each pack is estimated around $130. The commission approved the purchase of a dozen kits.

In other business, commissioners re-appointed Eric Peters to a four-year term with the WV Route 2 and Interstate 68 Authority Board. Peters’ term would have expired on June 30, but it has now been renewed and will end June 30, 2020.

Also, the Northern Panhandle Workforce Development Board has re-appointed Dan Berringer to the Board of Directors.

And, Tyler County Service Commission Board member Jim Miller has submitted his resignation because he is moving to Marion County.

Also, the commission renewed its annual contract with Global Science & Technology Inc.

And, the commission addressed the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Hazard Mitigation Program. The county is required to have a mitigation program in place and must send feedback to the mitigation website.

Tyler County 911 Director Josh Fulks asked the commission if the steps leading up to the 911 center could be replaced. Commissioners agreed to accept a cost estimate for the job. Anyone who would like to bid on the contract or would like more information on the project you may call the 911 Dispatch office at 304-758-4275.

Also, President Eric Vincent gave a status report on the Fire Marshall’s Construction Inspection of Fire/Smoke Alarms. He said the work passed the inspection as all of the alarms are functioning as designed without complications.

And, commissioners changed the July meetings from the 13th and 27th to the 6th and 20th in order for all board members to be present.