Senate Bill No. 58
(By Senators Kessler, Mitchell, McCabe, Sharpe,
Love, Dittmar, Deem and McKenzie)
[Introduced January 13, 2000; referred to the Committee
A BILL to amend article one, chapter seven of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended,
by adding thereto a new section, designated section
three-gg, relating to authorizing county commissions to hire
county facilities' security personnel; providing that the
security personnel be employed by the county sheriff; and
prohibiting security personnel from undertaking certain
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article one, chapter seven of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one as amended, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section
three-gg, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND OFFICERS.
§7-1-3gg. Authority of county sheriff to employ county facility
County sheriffs shall employ persons to provide security at
county facilities as the county commission deems necessary. The
county commission shall appropriate necessary funds for the
payment of wages and benefits and the sheriff of the county shall
hire and supervise these personnel. No security officer herein
authorized may, in the course of his or her employment, carry a
weapon, escort county inmates, or conduct any duties granted
solely to certified law-enforcement officers of this state,
pursuant to the provisions of section five, article twenty-nine,
chapter thirty of this code.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to authorize county
commissions to hire security officers, supervised by the county
sheriff, for policing of county facilities.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.