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Woodyard appointed interim sheriff

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 10:49 AM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Wood County 911 Center Director Rick Woodyard has been appointed interim sheriff by Wood County Commission.

He will remain director of the 911 Center while serving as interim sheriff.

Woodyard says he plans to run for sheriff in 2022 as well.

Commissioners Jimmy Colombo and Blair Couch voted to appoint Woodyard.

Commissioner Bob Tebay abstained from the vote because of what he said were personal connections to the new interim sheriff.

Woodyard’s appointment comes after Sheriff Steve Stephens announced his retirement amidst multiple lawsuits from current and former employees.

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