Advisory board to be formed in Berkeley County
By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County residents soon will be able to sound off about the county sheriff's department's operations to a new community advisory board, according to Sheriff Randy Smith.
Smith told the Berkeley County Commission last week he plans to establish a community relations and advisory board to solicit feedback from the community. He proposed the advisory board should have no more than 16 members, and meet four times a year and whenever specific issues arise that need review. The advisory board would wield no legal authority.
"It's something I talked about during the (2000) election," Smith said Thursday. "It could be for anything - traffic situations or traffic flows in a particular area, why or how we patrol certain areas, things like that."
Smith denied his plan for the advisory board was a response to the indictments of three sheriff's deputies charged with the January 2000 beating of a Hedgesville, W.Va. He did say, however, that such issues would be appropriate for the board's review.