Officer promoted, another hired

Lewis County Sheriff Adam Gissy addressed commissioners regarding a vacancy in his department. Sgt. Chad Moneypenny is now on active duty, with at least a one year deployment. Per WV Code, the sheriff’s department can hire a replacement, leaving Moneypenny’s position open for him upon his return.
Gissy recommended the hiring of LC Courthouse Security Guard Virgil Miller. Miller has worked as a security guard for roughly two years, and prior to that he was the sheriff in Uphsur County.
“It’s a pretty good deal. Virgil is ready to go and on board,” Gissy said.
Gissy also asked commissioners to approve the promotion of Ed Clark to Cpl. The corporal position was left vacant when Joe Moran left the LCSD. Gissy said the next available deputy for promotion was Clark, and praised Clark for jumping in and helping out where needed.
Gissy also said there is a need for a front line supervisor.
“It would behoove us to make this promotion,” Gissy said.
Commissioners approved the promotion. Clark said the opportunity is amazing.
“I’m just glad I could step in and help with guidance [for other officers.] It’s the same guidance I received from Sheriff Gissy and Moran,” Clark said.
Nine applications were received for the position of LC Park director. Eight were received on time.
Commissioners attended the Weston Neighborhood Watch meeting, which focused on human trafficking. Commissioner Wyman praised Weston Police Chief Josh Thomas for his presentation, adding that human trafficking is for work and sex.
There will be no meeting Dec. 10. They will meet again Monday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m.

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