Parkersburg Police Chief Sworn In

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The Parkersburg Police Department now officially has a new leader. Wednesday morning, Joe Martin was sworn in as the city's police chief.

Sergeant Joseph Martin was confirmed as the new chief of police for the city of Parkersburg Thursday night by a 6 to 1 vote of city council.

Chief Martin has been with the Parkersburg Police Department for more than 12 years.

He says it's an honor to be named chief over a department that's so important to the community.

"It feels good to know that we have a lot of skilled folks on the department to serve the city, and they get their money's worth; there's no doubt about that. There's a lot of dedicated guys in the department to carry on tradition that we've had in place for a long time, and that's a good thing," Chief Martin said.

Many friends, family and co-workers came out to support Chief Martin as he was sworn in.

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  • by kevin Location: parkersburg on Nov 26, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    Anyone can boast about how fine their cities are but, they lie to make you feel safe and want to live there.
  • by Censorshipsucks Location: Pburg on Nov 26, 2009 at 07:40 AM
    Someone make a comment about Sharyn Tallman so this story can be thrown out, too. So much for free speech huh? Stick it to Tallman, Chief
  • by anonymous Location: parkersburg on Nov 25, 2009 at 10:49 PM
    I'm moving.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 25, 2009 at 09:11 PM
    We need him to make a visit up to Williamstown to check the drug deals that goes on. It seems no one cares up there, it happens right out in the open. Hey they drive by and they deliver it right to the cars, trucks, and vans. Thats easy money for a few. Also they tell me if you live up in Williamstown for months and years and have Ohio license plates it's o.k. for some. But for a few they were treaten by the WILLIAMSTOWN POLICE YOU'VE LIVED HERE 60 DAYS YOU STILL HAVE OHIO PLATES, THE LAW IS IF YOU LIVE IN WV THEY CAN FINE YOU $500.00 FOR THE FIRST OFFENSE EACH DAY ADDS MORE ON TO IT, UNTIL YOU CHANGE THEM OR MOVE BACK TO OHIO. IT'S BEST THEY MOVED BACK TO OHIO. WILLIAMSTOWN SEEMS LIKE IT'S A GREAT PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE UP THERE. I GUESS IT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ARE,HOW MUCH MONEY THEY HAVE,WHERE THEEY LIVE, AND WHAT THEY OWN. BUT EVERY CITY HAS THEIR LAWS AND REGULATIONS
  • by robin Location: vienna on Nov 25, 2009 at 08:43 PM
    I hope the new Chief solves the 16th street murder case . The poor elderly lady was killed in her own house and no one has been charged.
  • by Kiddingme on Nov 25, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    Are you kidding me, Martin was on the drug unit, so what was done with this young blood there, obviously not much with your comments. Nothing takes the place of experience.
  • by Mama Location: Parkersburg on Nov 25, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    I am hoping that Chief Martin will actively do something about the drug problem in Parkersburg. I would love to see our town being able to make the same boasts that Marietta does. Congrats, finally getting some young blood into positions of power!
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