Elkins police officer earns promotion


ELKINS — The longest active-serving officer with the Elkins Police Department earned a promotion this month.

For eight years, officer Ronald W. Belt of the EPD has served the city of Elkins, most recently as a sergeant and dedicated member of the department. On Sept. 5, Belt’s fourth promotion was made official as he earned the rank of first sergeant.

Before becoming an EPD officer, Belt worked for two years for the Huttonsville Correctional Center. In 2002, he joined the Army National Guard and is still an active member. While serving with the Army National Guard, Belt was deployed to Iraq.

“I decided to become an officer to better serve my community and further advance my career,” Belt said.

Belt said his ultimate goal is to earn the rank of captain with the EPD.

Elkins Mayor Van Broughton said he is eager to see what Belt will bring to the department in the future.

“I’m excited that he has been promoted,” Broughton said. “He has done a terrific job for the city in the past, and I’m looking forward to what he is going to do for us in the future.

“In years past we’ve lost men to other agencies and other jobs, so I’m pleased with (Belt’s) dedication to EPD,” Broughton continued.

He added he is pleased with the work of the department as a whole in recent months.

“Our law enforcement has really been working hard with other departments – West Virginia State Police and Randolph County Sheriff’s Office,” Broughton said. “I’m really happy with the direction the department is going in right now.”

Officers must serve in their designated rank for two years before applying to earn a promotion. A civil service committee must approve the promotion and the Elkins City Council must also approve.