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Sheriff's Department adds officer, position

February 11, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A second supervisory position has been added to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department to help the department handle its growing duties, an official with the department said Monday.

On Monday, Cpl. Earl Ballenger was promoted to sergeant, creating two sergeant positions in the department, said Chief Deputy Jesse Jones.

The other officer holding that position is Sgt. Sam Harmon.

Jones said two sergeant positions are needed to help manage the department as its duties have increased.

Besides law enforcement, Jones said the department has struggled to keep up with a long list of jobs including transporting medical care patients to medical facilities, carrying out court orders and handling criminal extraditions.

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Harmon typically works 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Jones said.

Ballenger will fill a supervisory position around those times, Jones said.

As Ballenger was being promoted Monday, a new deputy was being sworn in to the force, Jones said.

Warren Andrew Jenkins of Shepherdstown, W.Va., was sworn-in to fill one of two vacant deputy positions, Jones said.

Jenkins, of Shepherdstown, worked for Shepherd College before joining the force, Jones said.

Jones said he hopes to have the second deputy position filled soon.

Jenkins was sworn in Monday by Jefferson County Clerk John Ott, Jones said.

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