WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — West Logan Police Chief Robert Ward is The Logan Banner’s April Officer of the Month.
A Logan County native, Ward said he wanted to become a police officer after observing other officers’ work in Logan.
“I started because I knew some of the Logan officers as a teen. While on patrol they would often stop to talk with my friends and me,” Ward said. “It left a really good impression and I saw the good that they were doing. I set my goal of working with the Logan Police Department.”
Ward has been patrolling the streets of West Logan since 1999. He has also been a police officer with the Town of Man and the City of Logan.
“I was also Chief of Police in Logan for a year,” Ward said.
Ward said when he began working in law enforcement, academy training wasn’t required.
“We did in-house training,” Ward said. “A trainer came in from the Department of Education in Charleston.”
He has taken various classes throughout his career.
“Most of my experience has been on the job,” Ward said.
Ward said his job requirements at West Logan differ from the other positions he has held.
“It is a lot different from when I worked at Logan,” Ward said. “At Logan I learned to work on parking meters, parking gates at the parking building, parking tickets, flag traffic and foot patrol. This is a smaller town and more community/family oriented. I love it.
“After all these years I cannot imagine doing anything else.”
Martha Sparks is a reporter and can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728, or via Twitter at @MarthaSparks.