MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County's next sheriff will be a longtime member of the department, according to complete, but unofficial, results released by County Clerk John W. Small Jr.'s office Tuesday night.
Sheriff's Department chief deputy Kenneth M. "Kenny" Lemaster Jr., 52, of Martinsburg received 53.8 percent of 35,754 ballots cast in the race and Carlton R. "Cootsie" DeHaven received 46 percent, according to Small's office.
The Berkeley County sheriff is elected to a four-year term and receives a salary of $44,880. Lemaster will succeed Sheriff W. Randy Smith, who could not run again after serving two terms because of term limits.
Lemaster said he worked at the department for 31 years of experience, including eight as chief deputy. Last month, his campaign treasurer reported that he had spent $19,407 on his election this year. DeHaven, 57, who was not opposed in the Republican Party's primary, reported spending $11,423.