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Mason Chief Deputy To Resign
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Dan Matics
Reported: Feb. 16, 2012 2:17 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 17, 2012 11:25 AM EST
Point Pleasant , Mason County , West Virginia
The shake up law enforcement in Mason County continues. The Chief Deputy is now calling it quits.
Mason County Commissioner Rick Handley says Chief Deputy Rob Wilson turned in his two weeks notice on Thursday. Wilson's last day on the force is scheduled for March 1st. Sheriff David Anthony recently appointed Wilson to the post.
Earlier this week the Mason County Commission filed a petition to remove Anthony from office. That petition will head to the West Virginia Supreme Court to be considered by a three-judge panel.
David Anthony was indicted last month on 42 counts including wanton endangerment and embezzlement. He denies those charges.
Below is a statement from Chief Deputy Rob Wilson:
To The Citizens of Mason County,
I would like to clarify the reason for my resignation from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department. I have been asked to do things while serving at the Sheriff’s Department that are against my principles and beliefs.
I made every attempt to improve the Sheriff’s Department when I was named Chief Deputy, but any attempt to resolve the current issues were met with insurmountable resistance, without the authority or backing to enforce the needed changes .
I have always strived to serve my community and country honorably, both in the US Armed Forces and as a Police Officer, and I feel that at this time I must stand up for what I believe and know to be right. I am a Police Officer, not a politician.
I would particularly like to say thank you to those officers at the Mason County Sheriff’s Department that recently have been working hard around the clock to insure that there is a law enforcement presence in our county. I would also like to say thank you to the Mason County Detachment of the WV State Police, both for their support in providing additional resources during this difficult time, and also working with the Point Pleasant Police Department and Mason County Magistrate Court for their help in organizing the upcoming worthless check round up on March 6th.
I hope this project can still move forward and have tremendous success, and a spirit of unity may arise from all of this turmoil.
And lastly, I would like to thank the citizens of Mason County for allowing me to serve them as a Deputy Sheriff.
This county is where I was born and raised, and I hope one day that it can return to that great place I remember as a child. Best wishes to everyone and God bless.
Chief Deputy Rob Wilson
Mason County Sheriff’s Department
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