Barbour County deputy resigns

PHILIPPI – During a Barbour County Commission meeting Tuesday, Sheriff Phil Ferguson announced one of his deputies had resigned effective immediately.

After the meeting, Ferguson said the resigning deputy, Chad Kennedy, did not list a reason for his resignation, which was received at about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

“He just gave his resignation letter,” Ferguson said when asked why Kennedy resigned.

Kennedy was not among the deputies sworn in during a special ceremony Friday at the Barbour County Courthouse. Ferguson said the ceremony was intended to restore public trust following the resignation of former sheriff John Hawkins.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Ferguson asked the Commission for permission to post an advertisement to hire a new deputy.

Hawkins pleaded guilty to a mail fraud charge in federal court in February. Hawkins’ plea followed an incident in which he staged a motor vehicle accident, ultimately filing a false insurance claim with the assistance of one of his law enforcement officers, whose name has not been


In other news:

  • The County Commission approved the overall balance totals for the general fund and the coal severance revenue for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The general fund amount to be submitted to the state is $3,346,006. The coal severance revenue to be submitted is $215,279.

After the budget is reviewed by the state, Commission will meet at 5 p.m. on April 15 – as required by state law – to approve the final budget with any corrections or adjustments suggested by the state.