UPDATE 8/6/2014 11:10 AM
It is now official.
Shawn Graham is the Chief of Police of Williamstown.
With his family by his side, Shawn Graham was sworn in by Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
Last month Graham accepted the position of Williamstown Police Chief and stepped down from his position with the Wood County Sheriff's Department.
Mayor Ford says it was an honor to swear Graham in and Graham says he's ready to get to work.
"It's an honor to be considered for it and I'm looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead. Thank you for your confidence in me. And I'm really looking forward to working with you all on making Williamstown a safer community with an effective police department behind you," says Graham.
Also discussed at the meeting were plans to raise pay for some city workers and purchasing new police cruisers.
They'll be discussed in great detail during the next meeting.
UPDATE 7/30/2014 4:50 PM
Thursday, after 10 years in Williamstown and 26 years with the state police, Chief Bill Adkins is retiring.
Chief Adkins says it's just his time to leave.
He says his ten years in Williamstown have been great, between his officers and the community as a whole.
He has seen an increase in drugs, while burglaries, breaking and enterings and crime overall has been relativity low.
"I told the mayor, if you drive a truck a 100,000 miles a year eventually you are going to have a wreck. And I've got about 36 years of police work, and the odds are not good after a while. I haven't been shot or hit by a car, so it may be time to leave," says Adkins.
Adkins says he would like to see the department grow in the future and he's sure the new chief, Shawn Graham will do a great job with that.
He says will retire in Mineral Wells where he lives now, but of course he will come back to visit.
UPDATE 7/21/2014 5:25 PM
Soon to be a new chief deputy for the Wood County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Ken Merritt announced Monday the new chief deputy.
Captain M.F. Smith will replace Chief Shawn Graham when he leaves to be the Williamstown Police Chief.
Captain Smith has been with Wood County for 25 years.
"I appreciate the opportunity to try. Goals? Yes, make the sheriff's office as good as we can. Challenges? I'm sure we will recognize them as they arise," says Smith.
"Captain Smith is the type that you look for your whole career," says Sheriff Merritt.
On top of a being a deputy, Smith is a firearms instructor, he has been on the SWAT team, the drug task force and patrol commander.
Captain Smith will be sworn in August 1.
Chief Graham's last day as chief deputy for the Wood County Sheriff's Office is July 31.
Monday night Williamstown will have a special council meeting to vote for approval of Graham to the position.
UPDATE 7/18/2014 4:55 PM
A new police chief is in the works for Williamstown, and it means big changes to the Wood County Sheriff's Office.
Chief Deputy Shawn Graham announces he's retiring, but only to accept the Williamstown Chief of Police position.
He says it's a tough and very emotional decision, having started in Wood County at age 19.
He may be retiring from the sheriff's office, but not from law enforcement.
"I've already discussed with the mayor my sincere desire to continue to work on the drug problem in this Valley, " he says. "That's something we are going to do quite a bit more of in Williamstown, I hope. I mean it's a good community, but there are drugs everywhere."
Attending school in Williamstown at a young age, Chief Graham says he always thought at some point he would end up there.
Mayor Jean Ford says a special council meeting Monday night will be held to vote for approval of Graham to the position.
The Wood County Sheriff says they already have plans for a new chief deputy, which they will be announcing soon.
Some big changes are coming to the Wood County Sheriff's Office. Chief Deputy Shawn Graham says he's retiring.
But he's not going far.
Chief Graham says he's accepted an offer to be the next Williamstown Chief of Police.
Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford says his position will be approved during a special council meeting Monday night at 6:00 pm.