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Sheriff recognized for service as deputy

January 31, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Kenneth M. "Kenny" Lemaster Jr. was recognized Thursday by the Berkeley County Commission for more than 31 years of law enforcement service before retiring last year to serve as Berkeley County's next sheriff.

Commission President Ronald K. Collins, who awarded Lemaster his firearm, said the sheriff's rise through the ranks and eventual appointment as chief deputy by Sheriff W. Randy Smith was "quite admirable."

Smith requested Lemaster be awarded his weapon in a Dec. 18 memo that apparently wasn't received in the county commission office until Jan. 23, according to a date/time stamp on the letter.

Lemaster told the commission he would like to continue to carry the weapon after receiving it from Collins.

-- Matthew Umstead

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