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McComas adjusts to statewide post

Jan. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas is adjusting to an added title, president of the West Virginia Sheriffs' Association.

The association's members elected McComas this past fall and he assumed the statewide position Jan. 1. Last week, he testified before a joint legislative committee on wider access to state Board of Pharmacy records.

This week, the leadership role took McComas for a training seminar in Flatwoods, W.Va. It was designed to educate the state's newly elected sheriffs.

The association's executive director, Rudi Raynes-Kidder, said the state has 35 newly elected county sheriffs. McComas estimates five of them had no prior law enforcement experience.

The new year also marked the beginning of McComas' second term as sheriff. He had no opposition in last year's election. Term limits cap sheriffs at two consecutive terms.

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