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Morgan Co. officials sworn in

January 02, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Three newly elected Morgan County officials were sworn in Friday morning at the beginning of the Morgan County Commission meeting at the county's Magistrate Court.

Morgan County Commissioner Stacy Dugan, Sheriff Vince Shambaugh and Assessor Ronnie McIntire were sworn in by County Clerk Debra Kesecker.

McIntire, who just completed eight years as the county's sheriff, was on crutches with a broken ankle that occurred in a hunting accident. He said he was excited and looking forward to beginning his new job as assessor.

Shambaugh said combating drugs in Morgan County is one of his goals as sheriff. He also said wants to meet the growing needs of the county.

Since Tony Link now is chief deputy, the position that Shambaugh held for the last two years, a vacancy needs to be filled in the law enforcement department. Shambaugh said he is looking for the first female officer to fill the position.

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Dugan was impressed that more than 80 people attended the swearing-in ceremony.

"It was nice to see people getting involved in their county government," she said.

Dugan also said it was great that some people brought their children.

"It's really important for them to see how the county works," she said.

Morgan County residents Rob and Barbara Campbell said they were happy to see Dugan as the county's newest commissioner.

"We were vocally supportive on Dugan's behalf," Rob Campbell said.

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