Sheriff Jack Roy talked about the hiring of one new deputy and plans to hire another during Thursday's Randolph County Commission meeting.
Roy said Roger Foster was sworn in Monday and will head to the West Virginia State Police Academy for training next week.
The hiring of Foster puts the county's total of deputies at nine, with one vacancy still remaining, Roy said.
Commission President Mike Taylor welcomed Foster to the county on behalf of the commission.
"As the money is available, we need to increase the sheriff's deputies, as it is fiscally responsible to do so," Taylor said.
Roy previously said there were 21 applications submitted for the two open deputy positions. At Thursday's meeting, he said there were plans in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, to hire a deputy to work as a court security officer.
Roy previously said the CSO will be certified to operate the courthouse's X-ray machine, and when court is not in session, the officer will perform security work at the courthouse complex.
Also during the meeting, commissioners announced that the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority, in conjunction with the state Department of Environmental Protection, will offer a tire dropoff event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The event will be held at two locations: at Leslie Equipment in Norton and at Tygarts Valley Sanitation in Dailey.
Licensed drivers who are West Virginia residents will be able to drop off up to 10 tires, with rims and wheels being accepted as well. The offer is open only to individuals, not businesses.
In other news, the commission voted to provide $5,000 in funding for the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce's 28th annual Mountain State Street Machines Auto Extravaganza on June 29 and 20 and July 1.
The money will come from the county's hotel/motel tax fund. Kate Reed, executive director of the ERCCC, was present Thursday and thanked the commissioners for their support.
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