New sheriff for Mingo County West Virginia

Mingo County, WV - Update 9/16/13

It has been a turbulent five months since Mingo County, West Virginia Sheriff Eugene Crum was gunned down on a lunch break.

Now, county commissioners have named who will serve out the remainder of Crum's term.

Commissioners appointed former Chief Deputy James Smith to the post during a special meeting Monday.

The new interim sheriff says he is ready to hit the ground running.

The sheriff's office in Mingo County hasn't been the same since Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot to death about a block away from the courthouse April 3rd.

His widow Rosie Crum stepped into the job for a while, but stepped down last month.

That prompted County Commissioners to begin searching for a replacement, narrowing the search to just four candidates.

"Each one had a true plan," said County Commissioner John Mark Hubbard.

Commissioners decided the man with the best plan was James Smith.

Smith has been with the sheriff's department for more than 13 years, serving five of them as chief deputy.

"We've got to continue fighting with the drugs. That has to be a main priority," Smith said.

Smith says he doesn't take the honor lightly, and plans to continue the fight Eugene Crum began to make Mingo County a better place to call home.

"I love Mingo County," he said. "You know my family is here, I've got grandkids here growing up, and I want to make it a safer place for everybody."

Smith will serve the remainder of Crum's term, and says he plans to run for election once that term is out.

Smith says another one of his goals is to improve morale, which he says had just began to recover when two county officials were arrested in separate corruption cases last month.



The Mingo County Commission has named a permanent replacement for a Sheriff that was shot to death in April.

Sergeant James Smith will take over the Sheriff's Department tomorrow.

This comes after Rosie Crum stepped down after she took over for her husband Eugene, who was killed in downtown Williamson.

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