Community Leader Seeks To Serve
SISTERSVILLE Brian Weigle, the Republican candidate for Tyler County Sheriff, said his campaign is about trust, tackling the drug problem, offering more patrols and better communication with the public.
The general election will be Nov. 8.
Weigle is a lifelong citizen of Tyler County and has been employed by Mon Power with 10 years of services. As a Mon Power lineman, Weigle is the guy who works with his hands, the one who, when he gets that 3 a.m. wake-up call on a snowy day, he’s out of bed and on the job. A 1990 graduate of Tyler County High School, Weigle is married to Kelly Little Weigle and they have two daughters.
“The trust factor I have worked numerous jobs especially for 14 years for the state Department of Highways where I’ve done winter work, summer work and worked with the public, learned respect for the public and I respected the public,” he said. “I’ve also worked with the Tyler County Fair Board, worked with the people of Tyler County for the benefit of Tyler County. My current job with Mon Power, I’ve worked all hours of the night and learned to respect the people of Tyler County and neighboring counties. With these jobs, I respect, I’ve earned respect and I give a lot of respect and trust.”
If elected, Weigle said he is ready to hit the ground running.
“I’m willing to work with every deputy we have,” he said. “They are good deputies. We need to hit the ground running. We need to start on the drug problems. We need to get the respect back from the people of Tyler County. The people of Tyler County are our eyes and our ears of the problems going on in this county. We need to hit patrolling back roads. We really need to get out and meet the people of Tyler County.”
Weigle plans to tackle the drug problem with full force.
“My main initiative is going to be drugs,” he said. “It’s law enforcement’s worst nightmare drugs. That and also underage (alcohol) consumption. Drugs and alcohol are not only a problem nationwide, but countywide. We have to really get it under control.”
Weigle is a member of the Tyler County Drug Coalition Prevention team.
“We need to make the people in Tyler County aware of the problems that we are having,” he said. “That starts at an early age. We really have to teach the young generation about the drugs, the parties and make them aware of what can and will happen.”
A lifetime farmer, Weigle is involved with many organizations in the area including West Virginia Angus Association, the West Virginia Farm Bureau, the Solid Waste Authority of Tyler County, the Alma Volunteer Fire Department, Tyler County Fair Association and Middle Island Harvest Festival’s Board of Directors as well as being a member of the Middlebourne Baptist Church.
Weigle said he wants more patrols and a steady presence of law enforcement at all times.
“We are going to patrol all of Tyler County,” he said. “You will see deputies out. You will see me out. We want to communicate with the people. So don’t be surprised if you are out mowing your yard, putting up hay or something and I stop by just to chat.”
Deputy pay is an important issue so as to retain qualified law enforcement officers. Weigle said though he would keep a tight rein on expenses, he wants the department to provide a competitive salary so that Tyler County doesn’t lose deputies to counties that may pay more.
“Cost of living (pay increases) you have to keep up with the cost of living,” he said. “Everybody has a right to make money. There’s no doubt about it. If you want overtime, you’re going to earn the overtime. I want to see results as a sheriff as to why you earned your money. Results are going to be first and foremost thing. As far as the cost of living, you got to keep up with the neighboring counties and we don’t want to lose our deputies.”
Weigle said there are a few reasons the people of Tyler County should consider voting for him.
“I think for trust; I trust the people and the people trust me,” he said. “I respect people and people, hopefully, respect me. I’m honest. I’ve worked hard for Tyler County. And I’m a lifelong resident of Tyler County. My upbringing has made me earn respect and learn respect for the people of this county.”