New Elkins police officer sworn in

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brad Johnson Dylan Coffman, center, is sworn in as a new Elkins Police Force officer Wednesday by City Clerk Jessica Sutton, right, as Mayor Van Broughton looks on.

ELKINS — A new Elkins City Police officer was sworn in Wednesday afternoon in a special call Elkins City Council meeting.

Dylan Coffman was sworn in by City Clerk Jessica Sutton, and then congratulated by Chief Glenn Galloway and Mayor Van Broughton, along with all the city council members present Wednesday.

Coffman is a 2015 Elkins High School graduate who joined the Army at the age of 17. He is a member of the West Virginia Army National Guard’s 115th Engineering Company, based out of Clarksburg. He holds the rank of specialist in the National Guard.

Galloway said Coffman has already graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy and can begin serving immediately. He previously worked at Huttonsville Correctional Center.

Also Wednesday, council voted to approve the promotion of Patrolman T.H. Foster to the rank of corporal. The resignation of Cpl. Alex Wysyvanuk on Aug. 10 created the vacancy in the department.

Foster began serving with the department in December 2013, and has been determined to be eligible for the promotion.

Also during the meeting:

• City Council set the municipal election for March 5.

City Code directs that on the first Tuesday in March every two years a city election will be held for the office of mayor and for one city council seat in each ward. In addition, the Third Ward seat held by Chris Lowther will also be included in the election, as Lowther was appointed after Mark Scott resigned from the position.

The five council seats that will be up for election in March are Lowther’s Third Ward seat; Bob Woolwine’s First Ward seat; Gene Ochsendorf’s Second Ward seat; Marilyynn Cuonzo’s Fourth Ward seat; and Linda Vest’s Fifth Ward seat.

The ordinance states that the filing period for the election will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 29 and end at midnight Nov. 16.

Wednesday’s meeting was called because last week’s scheduled meeting was canceled due to Mountain State Forest Festival activities.