Princeton Police Chief announces his retirement

Mercer County

PRINCETON , W. Va. (WVNS) —   After serving as the Chief for the Princeton Police Department for five years, John Howell has announced he’s retiring from the department.

Howell tells 59 News his last day in office will be February 20th.  Howell has served the community as an officer for 27 years and has worked in Mercer County for 25 years.

Howell said he isn’t done working just yet, he will soon be a bailiff for Judge Derek Swope at the Mercer County Courthouse.

“Law enforcement is in my blood and I know what I’ll be doing won’t be in law enforcement, but I’ll still be tied into the judicial system,” Howell said.

Sgt D. A. Weatherly has worked under Chief Howell, he sid his boss has always told them to treat others with respect. Weatherly said this is advice he plans to carry on even after Chief Howell leaves the department.

“He’s taught us how to treat everyone the same. As if it were our family members we were pulling over, talk professional,” said Weatherly.

Chief Deputy Tim Gray will serve as interim Chief until the city council appoints someone to take over.

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