Senate Bill No. 451
(By Senators Bowman, Bailey, Ball, Dawson,
Kessler, McCabe, Minard, Redd, Snyder,
Boley and Minear)
[Passed March 10, 2000; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact section two, article two, chapter
fifteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, and to further amend said
article by adding thereto a new section, designated section
forty-four, relating to continuing the West Virginia state
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, and that said article be further amended by
adding thereto a new section, designated section forty-four, all to
read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE.
§15-2-2. Superintendent; departmental headquarters; continuation
of the state police.
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
§15-2-44. Termination date.
Pursuant to the provisions of article ten, chapter four of
this code, the West Virginia state police shall continue to exist
until the first day of July, two thousand one, unless sooner
terminated, continued or reestablished by act of the Legislature.