The Monroe County Commission received a letter on Tuesday from Sheriff Sean Crosier announcing his intent to resign on Sept. 4, 2017. The sheriff told the commission that he had multiple reasons for submitting the letter. Sheriff Crosier also sent a letter to the public.
I will be resigning as your Sheriff in early September.
This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made for many reasons, however my family obligations have taken a 180-degree turn. We learned a few months ago my wife will be unable to retire as soon as we expected. Therefore, I must consider our future long-term goals, as I have always been a “Family First” individual.
I was offered and have accepted employment with a prestigious training and education organization which prepares, United States Department of Defense and US Governmental National Security agencies to prepare for, respond to and mitigate CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive) attacks on our Homeland. Ultimately, I will continue to serve Monroe County, but from a broader perspective.
Sincere thanks to the citizens of Monroe County who placed their faith in me and both assisted in my election bid as well as provided me with your vote. In a brief period, we have made great strides improving law enforcement here from many perspectives. I ask that you support my successor as much as you have me.
Please respect the privacy of my family members as this not only has been difficult for me, but them as well.
Crosier was elected in 2016 and took office on Jan. 1, 2017. In accordance with West Virginia state law, the commission must appoint a successor who is of the same political party as the Sheriff, who is a democrat. That appointment must be made within 30 days of the vacancy.
A special meeting was held on Wednesday, Aug. 16 and the commission accepted the resignation. Commissioners also agreed to accept resumes for the Office of Sheriff until Aug. 28. Those must be submitted to the Monroe County Clerk’s office.
An election to fill the unexpired term will be held in 2018. There will be a primary election in May to determine the party candidates, followed by a general election in November to determine who will finish Sheriff Crosier’s term. The person appointed by the commission will fill the role until the general election is certified.