By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Charles Town
RANSON, W.Va. - William Roper said for as long as he can remember, he was intrigued by police work.
As a youngster growing up in Baltimore, Roper used to tag along with his stepfather, who was an officer at the Baltimore City Police Department, to department softball games and other functions.
"I just got very interested in listening to them talk," said Roper.
Ironically, it was his stepfather, Jerry Rouss, that gave Roper his first job in police work.
After Roper returned from a four-year stint in the Navy, his father hired him as a patrolman for the Ranson Police Department. While Roper was away, his father took a job as police chief for the department after retiring from the Baltimore force.
Today, it's Roper who is commanding the top spot at the eight-man department.
Roper was recently named the town's police chief, replacing Everett Boober, who left to take a job with the Norm Thompson Outfitters plant in Bardane.