KEYSER - Frankfort High School has a new PRO officer, and Keyser High School will have an increased law enforcement presence as well.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Frankfort High School has a new PRO officer, and Keyser High School will have an increased law enforcement presence as well.
The Mineral County Board of Education unanimously approved Vince Shambaugh as the new PRO officer at Frankfort, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Kam Jeffries.
Sheriff Jeremy Taylor told the board members Tuesday that Shambaugh comes to Mineral County with 13 years of experience as a deputy in Morgan County prior to being elected sheriff for two terms.
“He was also employed with BA Martinsburg as a federal police officer,” he said.
“He was looking to get back into law enforcement as he knows it, however,” and applied for the job at Frankfort.
“I think he’ll do a really good job; he’s good with kids,” Taylor said.
At Keyser, Forrest “Buddy” Ellifritz will continue as PRO officer, but is currently on medical leave.
Until he can return, which could be as early as next week, Taylor said he would have his deputies include the high school in their patrol duties.
The board hopes to receive a $20,000 JAG grant to help with the cost of keeping the officers in the county’s two high schools, and superintendent Shawn Dilly said it has always been his goal to eventually be able to add an officer to cover the Keyser Primary, Keyser Middle and Technical Center campus.
And while the sheriff’s department does the actual hiring of the officers, and provides them with equipment and a cruiser, the board must approve the hires before they are placed in the schools.
BOE member Tom Denne made that motion Tuesday, Terry Puffinburger seconded it, and it passed 5-0.