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Woodyard appointed Wood County sheriff

Wood County 911 Director Rick Woodyard speaks during Tuesday's Parkersburg City Council meeting. Woodyard was appointed Wood County sheriff this morning.

PARKERSBURG — Wood County 911 Director Rick Woodyard was appointed sheriff this morning by the county commission.

The commission interviewed five applicants to succeed Sheriff Steve Stephens, who will retire Dec. 1. Woodyard, a former chief deputy who faced Stephens in the 2016 Republican primary for sheriff, will be sworn in that day.

He will also remain in a supervisory position over the 911 Center, like some sheriffs in other counties.

Woodyard was approved on a 2-0 vote, with Commissioner Bob Tebay abstaining, saying he felt like all the nominees were qualified and he felt like he could not choose since he knew many of them.

Stephens announced his retirement last week amid lawsuits from current and former employees alleging improper conduct and a vote of no confidence from the Wood County Deputy Sheriffs Association.

Read more in Thursday’s edition of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

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