McDowell County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy James Muncy announced four new deputies will be coming to the department, which is a huge relief in personnel to the current ten-man roster.
“It’s great addition to the department,” Muncy said. “Replacing the ones that’s either left out of those 10 or we’ve had some on comp. That’s put us at a shortfall.”
No more, as three of the newcomers will soon graduate from the West Virginia State Police Academy.
A fourth will be returning to his former department after serving in Mercer County.
Preston Mullins is one of those four new faces, entering week three on the job as of August 1, 2018. To him, living in Iaeger is one thing, but serving his hometown is another.
“It’s a great honor to be able to work for a department that I’ve always tried to be on since high school,” Mullins said. “To be able to patrol McDowell County, where I’ve grown up and was raised in, I was very happy and excited about it.”
With one current deputy departing for State Police, it was all about finding the right guys at the right time.
“That will help us out because we would only have one on evening shift,” Muncy said. “But now, we’re going to keep our two on evening shift.”
Sheriff Martin West says they will continue looking to hire new deputies, especially come 2019.