New officer is sworn in



Lewis County Courthouse Security Guard Virgil Miller was sworn in as a Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputy at the first Lewis County Commission of 2019. Miller will be filling the vacancy left by Chad Moneypenny, who is on military active duty but will return.
Miller has been a security guard for roughly two years, and prior to that served as Upshur County Sheriff. He has been in law enforcement for 45 years, working in the military, and for Webster, Upshur, and Lewis Counties.
Lewis County Sheriff Adam Gissy said Lewis County will benefit from Miller’s expertise.
“He’s the last of a dying breed. We’re very, very lucky to have him. I have no fear. He’ll be fine,” Gissy said.
Miller said he is planning to run for Upshur County Sheriff. Coffman’s term expires in 2020.
Kelly Smith was also sworn in as Deputy Circuit Clerk in the Circuit Clerk’s Office. She fills the position left vacant by Sandra Smith, who retired last fall. Twenty three candidates were interviewed for the position.
The Lewis County Park Board held a meeting to discuss the hire of a director. A call has been placed to a potential hire, but no word of acceptance has been given as of press time.
Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Christina Flanigan requested of commissioners to de-obligate themselves from the Victims of Crime (VOCA) grant. Flanigan cited her office is too busy to submit the paperwork at this time. This grant funded the Victims Crime Advocate position in Lewis County.  
Commissioner Pat Boyle asked about the welfare of county residents if this position was not filled. Currently HOPE, Inc. has taken on some of those responsibilities, but can not accept the grant, as they are not a law enforcement entity.
Commission approved, and they can reapply for the grant in the future.
An organizational meeting was held prior to the regular commission meeting. Queen was elected to serve as commission president. Commission meetings have changed days, and will now be held on Tuesdays. They will still begin at 10 a.m. The reason for the change was partly due to conflicts with holidays falling on Mondays, and meetings commissioners attend in other parts of the state.
Board and committee appointments are as follows. Commissioner Wyman will serve on the Lewis County Ambulance Authority, the 26th Judicial Circuit Community Corrections, Lewis County Fire Board, and Region VI Workforce Investment Board. Queen will serve on Lewis County Economic Development Authority, the Lewis County Safe Sites and Structures, the Lewis County Park Board, Region VII Planning and Development Council, and the WVU Extension Service. Boyle will serve on the Lewis County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Lewis County 911 Advisory Board. County Administrator Cindy Whetsell will serve on the Lewis-Upshur Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Lewis County Planning Commission.
Commissioners also met Tuesday, January 8 at 10 a.m.


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