KEYSER - The Mineral County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday to apply for a Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to fund the two Police Resource Officers (PRO) for Mineral County Schools.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The Mineral County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday to apply for a Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to fund the two Police Resource Officers (PRO) for Mineral County Schools.
An officer has been hired for the assignment at Frankfort High School, brought on by the retirement in June of Kam Jefferies, and is on the agenda Tuesday to be approved by the Mineral County Board of Education, while Forrest “Buddy” Ellifritz remains the Keyser High School officer.
Commissioner Roger Leatherman said during Tuesady’s meeting that he had received a letter from the Mineral County Board of Education requesting, “They have a part in the hiring process of future PRO officers.”
Mineral County sheriff Jeremy Taylor said, however, “This is a law enforcement matter,” regarding knowing the qualifications of the officer that would be placed in county schools.
It seems that at a recent board of education meeting, an agenda item called for the approval for a PRO officer, however board members were not given the names of the candidates, and that portion of business was postponed.
Taylor told the commissioners that he had passed the name of a prospective PRO officer on to county school superintendent Shawn Dilly.
Dilley was absent from last week’s school board meeting, however, and Taylor said that evidently the information concerning the school officer “didn’t get passed on down the line,.” What resulted, he said, was a matter of miscommunication.
Leatherman agreed and said that his situation was “nobody’s fault.”
In other business, the West Virginia Regional Jail bill for June 2018 was $38,407, and the bill for July 2018 was up by $4,000. Taylor explained the raise was due to the recent drug raids in the county, making for more incarcerations at the regional jail.
Cpl. Keith Anderson, of the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department, said, that a number of the arrestees were from out-of-state, and a process to get those before a judge to be extradited was ongoing.