Come July 1, Randolph County will have a new weapon in its arsenal to fight drug use and violent crime within its borders.
The Randolph County Commission approved the hiring of attorney Richard Shryock as the county's new assistant prosecuting attorney at its regular meeting Thursday.
Shryock - who currently works as a private practice lawyer at McNeer, Highland, McMunn & Varner in Elkins - will focus specifically on prosecuting cases involving drugs and violent crime. At the request of Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker, the commission approved funding for the position at a county budget meeting in March.
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The Randolph County Commission approved the hiring of attorney Richard Shryock, pictured above, as the county’s newest assistant prosecuting attorney Thursday.
"The commission graciously worked with my budget to allow me to hire a new attorney, so we advertised in the local paper and we had an applicant not too far from home," Parker said of Shryock. "He has an extensive amount of criminal law experience, and helped me greatly when I first started in the practice of law, answering many, many of my questions.
"I think it's tremendous this county has an opportunity to hire someone with (Shryock's) credentials," Parker added.
County Commissioner Mike Taylor said Parker had made a "wise choice" in selecting Shryock.
"Not unlike many other counties in the state, we have had increased problems with drug crimes, and I think this is a step in the right direction to help with that," Taylor remarked, also commending law enforcement for their work in apprehending perpetrators of drug-related crimes.
Shryock, who will be paid $60,000 plus full benefits, will step into the full-time position July 1, joining Parker and two assistant prosecuting attorneys, Christina Harper and Lori Gray.
However, this won't be the first time Shryock has worked for the Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney's office: he served a stint as an assistant county prosecuting attorney from 2002 to 2005, according to McNeer, Highland, McMunn & Varner's website.
Also at Thursday's county commission meeting:
"We're working to get them corrected," Gainer said. Only five of the nine ambulances in the county are functional due to a variety of mishaps from collision with a deer to "complete catastrophic engine failure," Gainer said following the meeting. The Randolph County EMS maintains units in Elkins, Harman and Mill Creek.
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