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Former Ranson police chief to run for Jefferson Co. sheriff

September 07, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Former Ranson Police Chief Everett "Ed" Boober announced Friday he will run for Jefferson County sheriff next year when Sheriff William Senseney's term ends.

Boober, who ran unsuccessfully for sheriff in 1991, said he decided to announce his candidacy nine months before next year's primary election so voters will have a chance to find out "who I am and what I'm about."

Boober, a Democrat who worked for 21 years in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department before becoming Ranson police chief in 1988, said he wants to take a community-oriented approach to law enforcement.

Boober said he wants to have deputies responsible for different districts in the county. By working in a specific area, deputies can become better acquainted with the area they are working, Boober said. Establishing such relationships would result in the public becoming more forthcoming with what is going on in their neighborhoods, Boober said.

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"It really helps to get to know people on a first-name basis," said Boober, who was expected to announce his candidacy Friday night at the Jefferson County Fair.

Boober said he also wants to have community education programs in which residents can learn what police can and cannot do for them.

Boober, who currently works as a safety and training manager at Norm Thompson Outfitters in Bardane, is married to Jefferson County Magistrate Gail Viands-Boober.

Boober said he does not expect his relationship with his wife to affect operations at the sheriff's department. The state Supreme Court has ruled that as long as a sheriff does not have any direct involvement in a case, a magistrate can preside over the case if she is married to the sheriff, Boober said.

Boober, 58, of Middleway, was police chief in Ranson for eight years.

Senseney defeated Boober and two other candidates in the 1991 primary and went on to serve two four-year terms.

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