ELKINS - The Randolph County Commission unanimously approved the promotion of a new chief deputy for the Randolph County Sheriff's Office Thursday.
Deputy Brad Sharp will take over his new position on March 31 with an annual salary of $40,250.
Sheriff Mark Brady said Sharp has the support of the entire department as he transitions into his new role.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office’s new chief deputy, Brad Sharp, left, is congratulated by Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady Thursday.
"He has earned the respect of not just myself but with other deputies and other agencies around the county. He has the support of all the Sheriff's Office and he has earned the position," Brady said. "He has his work cut out for him but I do believe he will do an outstanding job."
Commissioner Mike Taylor said that since he has become commissioner he has worked closely with Sharp on numerous occasions.
"I found him to have an upstanding character and also serve as a dedicated and detail-oriented officer for the Sheriff's Department," Taylor said. "It will be a challenge but I think you (Sharp) will be up for it."
The position was advertised both within the department and to the public. Applicants had to be a certified officer to be eligible for the position.
"I would like to thank Sheriff Brady for the opportunity to be chief deputy and the Commission for approving me for the position," Sharp said. "I look forward to getting started."
The County Commission also voted on the following items:
Approved a motion to release $1,500, to be taken out of the hotel/motel tax, to the Ramps and Rails Festival.
Approved a request for $5,000 by the Tucker Community Foundation for "Run For It 2014."
Approved a request for $3,500 by the Tygart Valley Little League for a safety fence for two baseball fields.
Approved a request for $2,891 by the Randolph County Housing Authority for matching funds to allow for a state grant funding.
Approved to sign a letter of opposition to the proposed "Birthplace of Rivers" National Monument in Pocahontas County.
Approved a one-day beer permit request for the Old Timers Reunion that takes place Labor Day weekend.
Approved the signage of a contract between the Randolph County Commission and the Elkins-Randolph County Health Department for health services.
Approved a proclamation that designates April "National Fair Housing Month."
Approved the signage of a resolution that designates the Randolph County Development Authority as the lead economic development organization in Randolph
Approved a funding request that will cover the cost of lodging, tuition and a per diem for meals for three EMS members who are participating in medical examiner training.
Approved a request for $5,000, to be taken out of the hotel/motel tax, for Mountain State Street
Approved a list of poll workers for the primary election that will be held on May 13.