Raleigh County Sheriff files to run for different seat
BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) - A surprise decision by Raleigh County Sheriff Scott Van Meter stands to shake-up leadership at the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Dept.
In an interview with WVVA News, he said he filed papers on Tuesday to run in the county clerk’s race. Current Clerk Danny Moore announced on Monday he will not seek re-election for that seat and plans to retire in the next term.
The move by Sheriff Van Meter will cut his last term as sheriff short by one year. “It’s a tough decision. There’s some personal reasons behind it, but it’s a job (Clerk) I always thought I wanted to do.”
If Van Meter wins, it will be up to the Raleigh County Commission to appoint his replacement. “I’ve looked into this hard. I wasn’t going to do it if it was going to cost the taxpayers money to run a special election.”
As it turns out, there will not be any need for a special election given it will only be a one-year appointment. Then, anyone interested in running for Sheriff will be able to do so during the last year of Van Meter’s Sheriff’s Department term.
During his time as Sheriff, Van Meter has been credited with helping to build a substation in Glen Daniel, creating a new task force to fight crimes against children and sexual predators, and securing funding for a new state-of-the-art sheriff’s department off of the Beckley bypass. But Van Meter hands the credit all back to his deputies and staff.
“The credit should go to the men and women of the Sheriff’s Dept. They do an awesome job and they’re good people. The Sheriff’s Department was there before I got there and it will be there after. I give all the credit to them. They do good work.”
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