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Stead one of three sheriff candidates

HANCOCK COUNTY – Republicans will be deciding their party’s candidate for sheriff on the November ballot when they go to the primary polls June 9.

Tommy Ogden of New Cumberland, Scott Gittings of Chester and Rick Stead of Weirton are seeking the Republican nomination for sheriff on the November ballot. There are no Democrat candidates for the position.

Pre-election material on Ogden and Gittings appeared in the Wednesday edition of The Review. Information on Stead appears here.

Rick Stead, 50, has an extensive background in law enforcement. He served with the West Virginia State Police from 1992-1994 and the Weirton Police Department from 1994-2019.

He is currently working within the City of Weirton Inspections Dept. He has served in that role since 2019. He currently serves as a substitute teacher and is a football coach at Weir Middle School and varsity girls basketball coach at Weir High School – a position he has held for five years.

He is a graduate of Weir High School, West Virginia University and the West Virginia Police Academy. He is the father of two daughters, Raegan and Bailey Stead.

“I am seeking the Office of Sheriff of Hancock County because I have the experience, skillset and drive honed over the course of 27 years in law enforcement at the state and local level to contribute to the betterment of the quality of life of the citizens of Hancock County,” Stead said. “I will use my qualifications from my extensive career in public service to enhance the safety and security of the citizens of Hancock County. I will help to provide them with the quality of life that allows for a secure community, free from the effects of drugs and violence in which they can live, work and raise their children in a safe and prosperous manner.

“The citizens of Hancock County deserve a candidate who has a lifelong and diverse career in law enforcement with experience gained by working through the ranks at the Weirton Police Department starting as a patrol officer, then to a frontline-ranked supervisor and finally to an administrative position as the second highest ranked officer in a department of 38 officers. I held the position of trustee with the department’s pension and relief fund for 12 years. During my career, I gained extensive experience as an administrator, responsible for maintaining the department’s fleet of vehicles while also assisting the chief of police with annual budgetary issues. It was my responsibility to approve the accruement and use of compensatory time, vacation time and the implementation of specific details and scheduled overtime while also being responsible for handling citizen complaints. I have over 10 years of experience as a narcotics investigator and spent time working with officers from other agencies and jurisdictions, including but not limited to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.

“I also have experience outside of law enforcement as an educator and coach working with and mentoring the youth in our community. When you factor my various and extensive on-the-job job experiences and responsibilities in law enforcement, coupled with my time working in education and with the youth of our community the choice is clear for my electability to the office of Hancock County Sheriff.

“As a lifelong citizen of Hancock County I have dedicated my life to serving the public in and out of uniform and have always been ‘focused on the future’ when it comes to the success of the community in which I was raised and where I chose to raise my own family. If given the opportunity, I will serve the office with distinction and the dedication expected by the voters of Hancock County.”

Further campaign information is available online at ricksteadforsheriff.com and on Facebook at Rick Stead for Hancock County Sheriff.

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