CHARLESTON — Pursuant to the provisions of W.Va. Code 7-26-1, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin made his Sheriff appointments to the newly created Sheriffs’ Bureau of Professional Standards on July 20, 2015.
Tomblin’s appointments included Sheriff Sonya M. Dingess Porter of Logan County, Sheriff Thomas W. McComas of Cabell County, Sheriff R. Steven Tanner of Raleigh County, Sheriff Allen Kisner of Monongalia County, and Sheriff Mark Brady of Randolph County.
The purpose of the Bureau is to provide better law enforcement for the counties of our state by offering a standardization and uniformity of services of the sheriff offices throughout the state, as well as recommendation of trainings, enhancing the standards of interagency cooperation for more efficient investigation and apprehension of persons who violate the criminal laws of the state of West Virginia or the United States, and to also assist the victims of such crimes.
The Bureau will consist of nine members. Of the nine members there are two statutory members, the Secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Joe Thorton, or his designee and the Executive Director of the WV Sheriffs’ Association, Retired Sheriff Rodney Miller of Boone County. Seven members representing the public and law enforcement are to be appointed by the Governor, five sheriffs of the counties of W.Va., and two citizen members.
Sheriff Porter’s term to serve on this Bureau will end on June 30, 2017.
“I am excited to begin working with the members of the W.Va., Sheriffs’ Bureau of Professional Standards,” Porter said. “This Bureau has a great opportunity to help make our law enforcement profession better.”