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New Hancock County prosecutor ready for new challenge

WEIRTON, W.Va. — Hancock County’s new prosecutor has had a busy few weeks since overwhelmingly defeating the incumbent Nov. 3

Republican Steve Dragisich, an attorney for almost two decades, is a former West Virginia assistant attorney general and municipal judge for the City of Weirton.

His eyes are set firmly on one of his major campaign promises. Dragisich said before his election, “Communication and transparency is so important, and I don’t believe we have that in the community right now,” he said while touting his relationship with law enforcement officials.

Dragisich has been meeting with potential staff members, law enforcement officials and county commission to assemble his team as well as get updates on pending investigations.

“(Sheriff-elect) Scott (Gittings) and I have talked several times through election, and we are excited to work together. We have discussed early drug education, and I have been in touch with medical, counseling and drug court about that. I am sure that there are lots of grants out there, and I want to explore our possibilities,” he explained. “I think Scott and I will work well together.”

Describing the election experience “humbling,” Dragisich thanked the voters for their overwhelming support, especially consider his opponent’s longtime tenure in the job. “I appreciate you putting your faith in me, and I will work hard to keep everyone safe,” he concluded.

His swearing-in ceremony date is currently unknown.

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