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Randolph County native Mark Brady has announced his candidacy for sheriff of Randolph County.
Brady is a lifelong resident of Randolph County who was born and raised in the Mill Creek area. Brady is one of seven children of Lois and Paul Brady Sr. He graduated with the class of 1980 from Tygarts Valley High School and is a proud alumnus.
Brady understands the issues concerning all the residents of Randolph County, and he has a vast array of experience in the law enforcement field. He has served the citizens of Randolph County for more than 20 years as a law enforcement officer. He has served as a correction officer, town police chief, chief criminal investigator and deputy sheriff. He earned the promotion to chief deputy of the Randolph County Sheriff's Office in 2009, a position he currently holds.
Brady is a West Virginia certified law enforcement officer, graduating in the top three of his class from the West Virginia State Police Academy and West Virginia Corrections Academy. He has attended thousands of hours of law enforcement training in leadership, supervision, management and criminal law.
The sheriff's deputies, with Brady's leadership, have made more drug arrests in Randolph County than ever before. They have arrested and convicted heroin dealers, cocaine dealers, meth dealers and prescription drug dealers.
"We arrest small dealers as well as the bigger dealers, but in my experience any dealer is a big dealer as they still ruin many lives," he said.
The deputies also must serve as bailiffs in all the courts; transport juveniles and mental hygiene patients; investigate traffic crashes; serve writs of executions and temporary protective orders; investigate crimes; attend court hearings; and answer more than 5,000 calls for service.
"We do this with only nine deputies, one of the fewest amounts of deputies in all the Class III Counties in West Virginia. We must cover more than 1,000 square miles of territory, the size of the state of Rhode Island and the largest county in West Virginia."
Brady will use his vast law enforcement experience to be aggressive in drug and alcohol investigations as they lead to a high percentage of all other crime. He also will work with the County Commission to obtain funding for court security officers.
Brady will strongly urge the commission to reallocate more funding to the sheriff's office to hire more deputies to provide 24-hour law enforcement coverage and assign deputies to drug and criminal investigations.
"This will be at no added expense to the taxpayers, only a reallocation of existing funding," Brady said. "We must as leaders of our county prioritize our needs. Right now our needs are to eliminate as many drug dealers as we possibly can."
Under Brady's tenure as chief deputy, the office staff and deputies have obtained better training to work more efficiently and effectively. He has updated the antiquated records management to ensure accountability with reports, evidence room and inventory.
Brady will explore all avenues, including a reserve deputy unit, but only after carefully reviewing the West Virginia State Code and his experience in grant writing to better the sheriff's office. Brady has the experience to prepare a budget that meets the needs of our communities and stay within that budget barring any unforeseen emergencies.
Brady has worked diligently with Sheriff Jack Roy and gained the knowledge to prepare and manage these budgets. With more than $13 million of revenue coming through the county treasury, it should be imperative that the sheriff has the experience, knowledge and capability to manage these funds. The sheriff's office budget is more than $1 million with $650,000 dedicated to law enforcement.
"The sheriff is the treasurer of the county and must be trustworthy without any political influence on the decisions made with our money," Brady stated, adding that he is running his own campaign with the support of many local volunteers.
Brady said he is not motivated by political influence, and his sole motivation is to make the Randolph County Sheriff's Office the best that it can be.
Brady will use his experience and the respect he has earned to continue the work with other law enforcement agencies on a united front to combat crime against elderly residents and children. He has the knowledge, experience and qualifications to handle any and all investigations and will be able to effectively lead as sheriff from day one.
Brady has traveled with the Officer Phil Program into elementary schools in the county to provide education to the children on morals, drug abuse, bullying, stranger danger, internet safety and gun safety. He has worked with students from Tygarts Valley High School and Elkins High School on their senior projects about drug and alcohol use.
He also has encouraged and recruited many students into criminal justice fields and to have a positive outlook on life. Brady has spoken to many of the community outreach programs to advise the elderly on how to protect themselves against scams and the abuse of drugs.
Brady owns and operates the Valley Trading Post, a sporting goods store that he opened in 1995 in Dailey. Brady has been a very active community volunteer for many years and has supported many fundraising events in the county. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves to spend time in the woods.
Brady is a proud member of the Tygart Valley Lions Club, Izaak Walton League, National Wild Turkey Association, National Rifle Association and the West Virginia Deputy Sheriff's Association, and he has been a member of these organizations for many years. He attends the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with his wife Tammy Skidmore Brady, and they reside in Valley Bend.
Brady has earned the endorsement of the West Virginia Sheriff's Association and the West Virginia Deputy Sheriff's Association. The Sheriff's Association was formed in 1948 to better improve the training and quality of sheriff's in West Virginia and the Deputy Sheriff's Association was formed in 1865 to improve training for all deputy sheriff's so that they may better represent the citizens of their county.
Brady can be reached at home in Valley Bend at 304-338-4325.