Longtime Randolph deputy retires as new officer is hired

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brad Johnson From left are Randolph County Commissioner David Kesling, Sheriff Mark Brady, retiring Deputy Mike Dyer, Commission President Mark Scott and Commissioner Chris See. Dyer was presented with his service pistol.

ELKINS — A longtime Randolph County Sheriff’s deputy who is retiring was honored on the same day a new deputy was hired.

Mike Dyer, who has served as a deputy since November 1997, is retiring after being appointed to fill the remainder of George M. “Mike” Riggleman’s term as a Randolph County magistrate.

Sheriff Mark Brady and the Randolph County Commission honored Dyer during Thursday’s commission meeting, presenting him with his service pistol.

“I got hired under (Paul) ‘Slugger’ (Brady) and I’ve been with the sheriff’s office ever since,” Dyer said during the meeting. “I’ve been through a lot, and had some good times.

“The sheriff has always treated me well and you’ve been great to work for,” he said to Brady. “I appreciate that. You’ve been a good boss.

“I’m looking forward to my next venture,” Dyer said. “God’s opened a new door for me, and we’re going to step over across the street and take on that new role. You guys pray for me, I’ll need it. I’m looking forward to it.”

Brady said Dyer’s last day as a deputy will be Thursday, May 23. He will be sworn in as a magistrate on Friday, May 24, by Circuit Judge David Wilmoth, who appointed him to the position. The term will expire Dec. 31, 2020.

Also at Thursday’s commission meeting, commissioners approved the hiring of a new deputy.

Tyler Knotts was hired as a full-time, benefitted probationary sheriff’s deputy. His starting salary will be $34,416.43.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Brady said he hopes that Knotts will be able to attend the West Virginia State Police Academy in either July or August.

The next Randolph County Commission meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. June 6 at the James Cain Courthouse Annex.