Charles Cline II
|Preston County Sheriff's Department|
| The Officer Behind the Star..
It takes a special kind of person to wear a star and gun. To devote their life entirely to fight the battles that must be won.
So often they're not appreciated for the job they have sworn to do. But they'd gladly lay down their life because they wear that star for you.
Some seem to think that they really have it made. That all they do is ride around for the salary they're paid.
But every time trouble appears they're the first ones that they call. It's only then they realize they're special after all.
There's an officer behind that star who has feelings just like you. So seldom do they get praise for all the things they'll do.
If you ever stop and think of what they face day and night, You'd respect what they stand for and learn to treat them right.
There's an officer behind that star and they're not made of steel and the things we watch on T.V. to them are very real.
They have a family of their own they can laugh and they can cry, Each day they put on that star could be his/her day to die
They chose to uphold the law a decision made from their heart To protect us with their life and give each child a better start.
Try always to remember there's an officer behind the star and they'll be the first to help you no matter who you are.
You should say a prayer each night, to thank God that they're there. When you see them on the streets, you should show them that you care.
Without the sacrifice they make, we'd always live in fear, They should be commended to wear the star they hold so dear.
They'd never turned their back on you, faced danger close and far. All Americans should salute the officer behind the star.
|HISTORY OF PRESTON COUNTY |
When Preston County separated from Monongalia County in 1818, Colonel John Fairfax, by seniority of commission, received the appointment of sheriff. Not having enough time for his own business affairs to discharge deputies of the office, he sold the appointment to Joseph D. Suit, who, as deputy, served as sheriff during Fairfax's term. (Wiley 1882). Preston began it's existence with about 3,000 people and with no subdivisions into magisterial districts until 1852. Kingwood, the only chartered town, the only post office, and the only voting place, had less than 100 inhabitants. In 1824 a courthouse and jail of stone were erected on the public square.
The taxes which a Prestonian of that day would pay when the county began it's second career were, on farm land, 75 cents per $100; on village property, $3 per rental of $100; on slaves above the age of 12 years, 70 cents; on a "Jersey Wagon", $2.50; on a horse, 18 cents. (McClain/Morton)
The Preston County Jail, as it stands today, held inmates until 2005 in which they were then transferred to a regional jail located in Belington, WV. The jail in which Preston County now uses is Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
|SHERIFF'S TAX OFFICE|
The Preston County Sheriff's Tax Office is located at 106 W Main Street in the Annex Building.
They may be reached by calling (304) 329-0105.
Monday 9-7, Tuesday through Friday 9-5.
Chief Tax Deputy- Jennifer Lewis
Tax Deputy- Trudy Zuchowski
Tax Deputy- Sheila Marston
Tax Deputy- P. Sue Golden
Our county currently has 8 Neighborhood Watch groups. We are actively seeking new members and new associations. If you know anyone who may be interested in joining or starting a group please contact our department. For a list of crime watch groups and their meetings times please contact Kayla Huggins, Neighborhood Watch Liaison.
Interested in becoming a Deputy? Download this application form and return it to the County Clerk's Office.
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Interested in becoming a Court Bailiff, Tax Deputy or Secretary? Contact our office at (304)329-1611 or stop in to pick up an application.
Corporal Mitter and K9 Blek
|CONCEALED WEAPON LICENSE|
Are you eligible?
Article 7, Chapter 61 of the West Virginia Code generally governs the possession and carrying of deadly weapons in our state. Under W.Va. Code § 61-7-4, any resident of West Virginia who meets the non discretionary statutory qualifications shall be issued a license to carry concealed pistols or revolvers by the sheriff of his or her county of residence. The license is valid for 5 years and costs $100 for both first-time and renewal applicants. The license does not authorize the carrying of any concealed weapon other than pistols and revolvers--no knives, brass knuckles, etc.
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What you need to know. Reciprocal states
| WHAT TO DO IF?|
If you get a ticket?
-Contact our local magistrate court at (304)329-2762 to inquire about the amount of the ticket. You may also visit them on the second floor of the courthouse located along Price Street in Kingwood.
Preston County Courthouse
If you get arrested?
-If you are going to put up property you must get a surety paper from the County Clerks Office located in the Annex Building.
-If you need a bondsman see the following list:
A. Regional Bonding www.wvbail.com
|PRESTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT|
103 W Main Street Kingwood, WV 26537
phone: 304-329-1611 fax: 304-329-2794