KEYSER - Sheriff Jeremy Taylor presented a listing of items to the Mineral County Commissioners recently that if funded would give a boost to his department's budget.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Sheriff Jeremy Taylor presented a listing of items to the Mineral County Commissioners recently that if funded would give a boost to his department’s budget.
He mentioned a raise for those in the tax office and related to that office would be a purchase of a software system allowing citizens to pay their taxes online.
Taylor said the estimated price of the program would be $7,500, plus $200 for set-up installation, and another $100 each year for maintenance services.
“Having this program would prevent people standing outside in the rain, waiting to pay their taxes,” he said.
Another concern Taylor had for the commissioners was with law enforcement and he said, “We struggle with manpower and are short-handed.”
He said there are eligible vacation days, but, “Our officers don’t take them, or sick days either.”
Taylor said that two newly-hired deputies Logan Talley and Michael Newcomb will start March 1, however, “It takes a year with training for them to be good to go.”
He said part of the training process for the new deputies is to “ride along with a certified officer.”
Taylor said during April a new training class at the West Virginia State Police Academy will begin, and, “Right now there is a waiting list of 90 people,” and local deputy Jonathan Hotchkiss will be part of the April class.
Continuing with another shortage in the county’s law enforcement, he said that right now two vacancies are with the school’s Prevention Resources Officer (PRO).
Taylor said Kam Jeffries recently resigned his PRO position at Frankfort High School, and a new position for a PRO has been recommended for the Mineral County Technical Center, to include the areas of the nearby middle and primary schools.
He said that funding for the resource officers takes place through reimbursement from the Mineral County School Board.
Taylor said that after this July, there is a possibility for the hiring of two more new deputies to be part of a drug task program, and he said, “We do have a drug problem here.”