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Jefferson Co. Commissioners seek applicants to replace former Sheriff Bobby Shirley

February 07, 2013|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — The process of finding a replacement for former Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley will be quick and open to the public, according to a unanimous vote by the county commission Thursday.

The commissioners also voted to advertise for applicants in local newspapers next week for the $44,800-a-year job.

The sheriff runs the department’s law enforcement division and oversees the county’s tax department. The latter responsibility also adds to the salary 15 percent of all delinquent taxes collected each year up to a total of $15,000.

Shirley, who was elected to a second four-year term in November, resigned in January following his guilty plea to a federal civil rights violation charge.

A sentencing date for Shirley will be scheduled in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg, W.Va., pending a presentence report.

According to Stephanie Grove, the commissioners’ general counsel, applicants have to be a Jefferson County resident, be a high school graduate and, since Shirley was elected as a Democrat in November, the commissioners, by statute, have to appoint a Democrat to replace him.

The appointee will serve until the next county election in November 2014. That election will decide who will fill out the remainder of Shirley’s term through 2016.

The commissioners appointed Jesse W. Jones, the department’s chief deputy, to manage things until Shirley’s replacement is appointed.

Shirley faces a maximum 10-year federal prison sentence for allegedly beating Mark Daniel Haines, a suspected bank robber, following a pursuit that ended in Berkeley County in December 2010.

According to court records, Haines was kicked repeatedly while he was down and in handcuffs. Haines suffered a broken nose, eye socket and rib, court records said.

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