Weigle Announces Campaign For Re-Election as Tyler Sheriff
I am a lifelong citizen of Tyler County. I have worked for the WV Department of Highways and Mon Power in my career serving the citizens of Tyler County. I have been a lifelong farmer in Tyler County and a member of the West Virgina Farm Bureau. I have served Tyler County in many ways in my life from being a member of the Alma Volunteer Fire Department, board member of the Tyler County Fair Association, and on the Board of Directors for the Middle Island Harvest Festival. I am also a member of the Middlebourne Baptist Church.
I was elected as your Republican Sheriff in 2016. I took office in January 2017 and have served to the best of my ability for the past three years. I have worked vigorously in improving many aspects of the Sheriff’s Office. In 2016, I ran with campaign goals of combating the drug problem in Tyler County and increasing patrol coverage by the Sheriff’s Office. In the past three years under my leadership, the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office has begun a 24 hour a day coverage schedule. This new schedule has provided the citizens of Tyler County with officers on road day and night. This new schedule was made possible by the addition of two new deputy positions in the department.
As your Sheriff, I have placed two new resource officers in the county’s schools making our children safer. A. I. Boreman Elementary School and Sistersville Elementary School now have School Resource Officers at each location.
Under my leadership in the last three years, the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office has also established a proactive stance on our county’s drug problem. The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office has trained officers on drug interdiction and methods of combating the drug problem. I have established a random drug eradication night that puts every deputy in the department on the road looking for drugs, criminal activity, and individuals with outstanding warrents. These drug eradication nights have been extremely productive on top of the day-to-day patrols and have put individuals dealing these dangerous drugs on notice. In the past three years, durg arrests in the department have increased and the department has been more proactive towards the drug issues plaguing our county.
Over the past three years, I have worked toward improving many aspects of the Sheriff’s Office. Some of the improvements are as follows: new Sheriff’s Office building which is better suited to accomodate the staff and citizens of Tyler County, including a modern evidence room; hired an additional two officers bringing the department to 12 sworn officers; hired a baliff/process server freeing up deputies on the road; placed two new school resource officers, taser program to place less lethal force devices on every deputy; new state of the art fingerprint machine to allow officers to take digital fingerprints, improving ability to identify individuals quickly through AFIS; DNA collection for court ordered retention to be placed in a national DNA database; new schedule creating 24 hour coverage to make citizens safer; updated vehicles with purchase of six new cruisers with state of the art equipment; new external load bearing vest carriers for all officers; new satellite office at the Tyler County Fairgrounds for improved service at county events; increased road patrols and coverage at school functions; established a community training program for active shooter events provided to local churches and businesses; and new law enforcement software program integrated with Tyler E-911 for better officer reports and record keeping.
I have also worked closely with the WV Highway Safety Program in obtaining eleven new state of the art Dell Rugged computers for officers to utilize in their vehicles and conform to the states new E-citation program. These computers came with in car printers and scanners making officers time on a traffic stop greatly diminished. This equipment was approximately $27,500 in grant fuding provided by WV Highway Safety.
I also have worked closely with the Tyler County OEM and count grant writer to obtain a generator for the new Tyler County Sheriff’s Office to keep the office phones and computers up and running during the event of an environmental emergency causing power outages. This generator was purchased through a grant that totaled approximately $49,500. I also worked with the Tyler County OEM in obtaining a drone for the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office to utilize through the Tyler County OEM. There have been two officers in the department trained on the use of this device. The device will be very beneficial in investigations and in response to fleeing fugitives or missing persons.
I am seeking re-election for another four years as your Republican Candidate for Tyler County Sheriff. I believe that the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office has made great strides during my term as Sheriff so far and I believe that much more can be done in the coming years. I have a great love for my community and the citizens of Tyler County. The safety of Tyler County citizens and it’s youth is of my highest priority. I humbly ask for your continued support and vote in the upcoming Primary Election for Sheriff of Tyler County.
Republican Candidate for Sheriff
Brian M. Weigle