KERMIT, W.Va. – An informal meeting was held at Kermit City Hall Monday evening to discuss the possibility of Kermit Police Department signing a mutual aid agreement with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Wayne County Sheriff Greg Farley and Kermit Police Chief Ernie Chambers the two departments have been working together for quite some time, and have a mutual understanding between them. However, they would like the Kermit City Council and the mayor, Charlie Sparks to consider making the arrangement legally binding.
With the community of Stepptown being right on the border of Wayne County and Kermit City limits, signing a mutual aid agreement between the two departments would be sensible.
Jamie Ward, Chief Field deputy with the Wayne County Sheriff Department stated “when response time is crucial and if Chief Chambers is closer than a Wayne County unit, it could make a difference.” Sheriff Farley went on to explain his department has mutual aid agreements signed with every city, county and state surrounding Wayne County, except Kermit.
Sheriff Farley said he could have the paperwork drawn up by the Sheriff Department’s attorney and it would be available for Mayor Sparks to present to the city council at their next meeting, which is scheduled for June 13 at 6 p.m.
(Kendra Mahon is a reporter for The Gilbert Times and the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.)