Senate Bill No. 467
(By Senators Wooton, Schoonover, Sharpe, Blatnik, Buckalew,
Dittmar, Yoder, Bowman, Kimble, Oliverio, Love, Boley, Ross,
Minear and Anderson)
[Introduced February 20, 1995; referred to the Committee
on Government Organization.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section two, article two, chapter
fifteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to changing the
name of the division of public safety to the West Virginia
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section two, article two, chapter fifteen of the code
of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
§15-2-2. Superintendent; departmental headquarters.
The department of public safety, heretofore established,
shall be continued and hereafter shall be known as the West Virginia state police. Wherever the words "department of public
safety" or "division of public safety" appear in this code, they
shall mean the West Virginia state police. The governor shall
nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,
appoint a superintendent to be the executive and administrative
head of the department. Notwithstanding any provision of this
code to the contrary, the superintendent shall be paid an annual
salary of sixty thousand dollars. The superintendent shall hold
the rank of colonel and is entitled to all rights, benefits and
privileges of regularly enlisted members. On the date of his or
her appointment, the superintendent shall be at least thirty
years of age. Before entering upon the discharge of the duties
of his or her office, he or she shall execute a bond in the
penalty of ten thousand dollars, payable to the state of West
Virginia and conditioned upon the faithful performance of his or
her duties. Such bond both as to form and security shall be
approved as to form by the attorney general, and to sufficiency
by the governor.
Before entering upon the duties of his or her office the
superintendent shall subscribe to the oath hereinafter provided.
The headquarters of the department shall be located in Kanawha county.
(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to name the Department
or Division of Public Safety the "West Virginia State Police".)