H. B. 4016
(By Delegates Martin and Michael)
[Introduced January 15, 1998; referred to the
Committee on Government Organization then Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section four, article two, chapter
fifteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to increasing the
number of principal supervisors who may be appointed by the
state police superintendent from eleven to fourteen.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section four, 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. WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE.
§15-2-4. Appointment of commissioned officers, noncommissioned
officers, other members; temporary and permanent positions.
The superintendent shall appoint, from the enlisted membership of the department, a deputy superintendent who shall
hold the rank of lieutenant colonel and be next in authority to
the superintendent. The superintendent shall appoint, from the
enlisted membership of the department, the number of other
officers and members he or she deems necessary to operate and
maintain the executive offices, training school, scientific
laboratory, keep records relating to crimes and criminals,
coordinate traffic safety activities, maintain a system of
supplies and accounting and perform other necessary services.
The ranks within the membership of the department are
be colonel, lieutenant colonel, major, captain, first lieutenant,
second lieutenant, first sergeant, sergeant, corporal, trooper
first class, senior trooper or trooper. Each such member while
in uniform shall wear the insignia of rank as provided by law and
The superintendent may appoint from the membership of the
eleven fourteen principal supervisors who shall
receive the compensation and hold the temporary rank of
lieutenant colonel, major or captain at the will and pleasure of
the superintendent. Such Appointments are shall be exempt from
any eligibility requirements established by the career
progression system. Any person appointed to a temporary rank
under the provisions of this article shall retain retains his or her permanent rank or classification and shall remain remains
eligible for promotion or reclassification if his or her
permanent rank is below that of captain. Upon the termination of
a temporary appointment by the superintendent, the member shall
be is entitled to the full rights and privileges of his or her
permanent rank or classification and shall remain remains
eligible for subsequent appointment to a temporary rank.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to increase the number of
principal supervisors who may be appointed by the state police
superintendent from eleven to fourteen.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.