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Commission approves new hire

By Staff | Sep 17, 2014

Pictured with Sheriff Bob Kendle is Deputy, Adam Skinner, Corporal, Shannon Huffman, and Lieutenant, and Chief Deputy Dean Pratt. Tyler County Sheriff Bob Kendle welcomed Adam Skinner as the newest Deputy to the Sheriffs Office on Tuesday, Sept. 9, following his approval by the County Commission and being sworn in to the position by the Honorable Judge Mark A. Karl.

Tyler County Sheriff Bob Kendle appeared before Tyler County Commissioners on Sept. 9 with Adam Skinner to seek their advice and consent in hiring Skinner as the newest addition to the Sheriff’s department.

Skinner comes to the sheriff’s department with a wealth of experience in local law enforcement. He has worked with the Sistersville Police Department, the Paden City Department, and most recently the New Martinsville Police. He has been certified through the West Virginia State Police Academy and is a member of the special response team for Wetzel and Tyler counties.

Commissioners unanimously approved Skinner as the newest deputy for the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department. Kendle also informed the commission that he has appointed Dean Pratt as the Chief Deputy for the department.

Commissioners also approved a quote from Mutual of Omaha, through the state risk pool, for volunteer and accident insurance coverage at a cost of $335 compared to last year’s price of $1,800 from Ace Insurance. The cost is based on 104 volunteers and provides basically the same coverage. Volunteers from the OEM are covered.

Approval was given for election officials and alternate appointments and for the publishing of the 2013-2014 financial statement.

Tom Cooper, director of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), presented the commission with three grants which needed to be signed for reimbursement. He said they were emergency management grants which require all three signatures. Commissioners signed the grants.

Tim Meeks of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council presented the commission with a resolution requesting $77,600 grant from the West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority (WVFIA). Commissioners approved the resolution.

Commissioner Eric Vincent, reported on attending the plant meeting at Momentive, saying they seem to be “holding their own.” He said they have recently signed a three-year contract with the union and, thanks to attrition, will be looking to hire between 11 and 15 people. He said they are still under bankruptcy rules, but the local plant is doing well.

Commission President John Stender said he would be attending the 4-H meeting and there is an invitation for the commissioners to attend the Association of Solid Waste Authorities meeting in Huntington, W.Va. No commissioners were able to attend.

The next regular meeting of the County Commission will be held on Sept. 23, 9 a.m., in the County Commission room.