§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. The superintendent shall be paid an annual salary as
provided in section two-a, article seven, chapter six of this code.
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