Law Enforcement Division
of the Sheriff
The law assigns to
Sheriffs and their Deputies a wide range of responsibilities,
including a variety of functions in the courts, enforcing laws and
apprehending criminals, serving criminal and civil process, and
transporting prisoners. And as they county’s population grows, so
does the demand on the Sheriff’s Office and its budget.
Court Security and Services
Court Security Administrator Gary White is the Chief Court Bailiff assigned to attend the
Circuit Court when it is in session. The Bailiff’s duties include
keeping the peace and assisting the judge, witnesses and jury,
escorting criminal defendants, calling witnesses, and executing the
orders of the court.
also are required to serve as officers in Magistrate Court, in Family
Law Master Court, at parenting classes conducted under the auspices of
the Family Law Master, and at commitment proceedings conducted by the
Mental Hygiene Commissioner.
Sworn deputies in
the Law Enforcement Division are also responsible for serving writs,
subpoenas, summons, and other court orders, and processing
The Office of the
Sheriff is the chief law enforcement agency in Monongalia County,
charged with enforcing state and county laws and ordinances.
Among the Sheriff’s
duties are the enforcement of traffic laws and accident
investigations, and criminal investigations related to a wide variety
of offenses including drug possession and trafficking, burglary and
larceny, and domestic violence.
deputies regularly cooperate with law officers from other agencies and
jurisdictions – including the West Virginia State Police, Department
of Natural Resources, and town police – to carry out their enforcement
Incarceration of Prisoners
awaiting hearings or trial, or who are sentenced to serve time in jail
are confined at the Regional Jail in Greenwood, WV. The Sheriff’s
office is responsible for transporting all to and from the Monongalia
County Processing/Transport Center.
office also is responsible for overseeing the “Home Confinement”
program, under which courts may order defendants to restrict their
movement to home and work locations as an alternative to serving
sentences in the Regional Jail.
Transport of Prisoners
Whenever someone is
arrested and held for a hearing or trial, that person is transported
to the Regional Jail at Greenwood, WV. Regardless of what agency makes
an arrest, the Sheriff’s department is responsible for holding the
individual at the county’s detention facility and subsequent transport
also are responsible for taking custody of prisoners at any location,
near or far, and returning them to Monongalia County. Deputies
routinely travel to other states to pick up and return prisoners.
County Humane Officers and
Under West Virginia
law the Sheriff's department is responsible for enforcing animal
humane laws in Monongalia County. Deputies are required to
investigate complaints and to take action to prevent the perpetration
or continuation of inhumane treatment of animals. Failure to do so is
cause for removal from office. County deputies also are empowered to
enforce the state’s wildlife and natural
resources conservation laws.