Officials: Replacement process is underway

PHILIPPI-A Barbour County Commissioner said steps already are underway to replace former Sheriff John Hawkins, who resigned Thursday as part of a plea deal in federal court.

Barbour County Commission President Tim McDaniel told The Inter-Mountain late Thursday evening the Commission will work to fill Hawkins’ position as quickly as possible.

“The commission has been informed that Sheriff Hawkins has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” McDaniel said. “We have not been consulted about the agreement.”

“Our chief deputy (Brett Carpenter) will be taking care of our daily operations.”

McDaniel said the Barbour County Democratic Party will meet to determine candidates to submit to the Commission to consider appointing to the sheriff’s post.

Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady said he has a plan in the event that something would take him away from his duties.

“We have someone ready to step in if needed,” Brady said. “West Virginia State Code requires that an interim sheriff be appointed immediately to help keep daily operations of the Sheriff’s Office running.”

Brady said in the event of a change, the Randolph County Commission would appoint an interim sheriff.

“After that, the Democratic Executive Committee would meet and would submit three names of candidates to the Commission,” Brady said. “The Commission would meet and would make the decision as to who would be the new sheriff.”

– Staff Writer Melissa Toothman contributed information for this story.