WILLIAMSON - Mingo County Sheriff James Smith has announced the hiring of Delbarton resident Steven Messer to his department as a new deputy.
Messer is the son of Robert and Kimberly Messer, and stated that his dream has always been to become a police officer. He will be attending the West Virginia State Police Academy for certification training in either April or May, and looks forward to becoming a certified police officer.
“I enjoy helping others,” said Messer. “And I think it’s very important that we protect the public from crimes being committed against them and holding those accountable that do the wrong.”
“Steven is a fine young man,” Smith said. “I feel that he will be a great asset to our department and I’m hopeful that he will be with us for a long time. It’s wonderful to hire someone that you realize has the desire to serve, and could very easily become a career law enforcement officer for our county.
“With the recent addition of former Matewan Police Chief Patrick Mounts to our department, we now have the ability to have more deputies on each shift, creating a much safer environment for our residents, and that’s what it’s all about,” the sheriff said.
Messer’s hiring was recently approved by the Mingo County Commission at the pay rate of an uncertified officer with full-time hours and benefits.