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Smith wins Berkeley County sheriff's race

November 03, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Sheriff Randy Smith, a Democrat, defeated his Republican challenger Carlton "Cootsie" DeHaven, meaning he will serve a second term as head of the county's sheriff's department.

According to complete but unofficial results, Smith received 17,425 votes and DeHaven received 14,693 votes.

The sheriff, who is elected to a four-year term and is paid $52,400 a year, oversees the county's tax and law enforcement offices.

Smith, 57, was at the county courthouse Tuesday night and greeted the news of his victory with "pleasure, happiness."

"I'm glad that the public has seen through all the allegations," Smith said, referring to a recent break-in at the tax department that some said was timed to negatively influence Smith's election results.

Since he was first elected four years ago Smith expanded the sheriff's department's criminal investigative division and reinstated the K-9 program. He said he has saved county residents more than $5.9 million in money saved or brought in.

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Using COPS grant money, Smith added six deputies to his staff.

Smith said he plans to continue expanding services, programs and manpower. He said he also hopes to continue the fight against drugs and continue increasing the number of DUI arrests.

Carlton DeHaven, 53, is a former deputy, city police officer and magistrate.

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