Nine Taylor County officials were sworn in to office by the Honorable Judge Alan D. Moats on Friday, Dec. 21. Pictured, in front from left are newly appointed Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Hall, Taylor County Commissioner David “Rusty” Efaw, Assessor Judy Collett, Magistrate Assistant Brenda Lucas, Magistrate James Leonard Lucas, Judge Moats, Prosecutor John L. Bord, Magistrate Assistant Crystal Brake and Magistrate Ricky Reese. In back, from left are Taylor County Sheriff Terring W. Skinner and newly promoted Taylor County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Dayton Mayle, who was sworn as one of the last official acts of Robert H. Beltner as Taylor County Sheriff.
GRAFTON – Taylor County Circuit Cort Judge, the Honorable Alan D. Moats held a swearing in ceremony at the Taylor County Courthouse on Friday, Dec. 21 for nine county officials.
All who came before Judge Moats swore an oath to faithfully perform their respective duties as Taylor County officials.
Judy Collett, was sworn in once again as Taylor County Assessor.
“It has been a pleasure serving the people of Taylor County,” Collett stated. “I hope to continue to serve as long as I am able.”
David “Rusty” Efaw was once again sworn in as Taylor County Commissioner. Judge Moats reminded everybody that a luncheon was planned for after the ceremony, courtesy of Efaw.
John L. Bord was sworn in as Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney. Bord took a moment to acknowledge West Virginia State Police Sergeant Kenny Short.
“I thank you all,” Bord stated. “But I want to acknowledge the gentleman in the back, who is leaving us, Kenny Short, who is retiring. He has done a great job for Taylor County and West Virginia.”
Terring W. Skinner was sworn in as Taylor County’s new sheriff. Skinner will assume the duties as Taylor County Sheriff starting Jan. 1, 2013.
“I want to thank everybody, and the citizens who have put their trust in me,” Skinner stated. “Especially that man over there (Sheriff Robert H. Beltner) he has done a great job for Taylor County over the last eight years. The applause needs to be for him.”
Beltner, who will be remaining with the department, expressed his appreciation for having been able to work with Skinner all these years.
“He has been the best chief deputy,” Beltner stated. “I look forward to working with him.”
As one of Beltner’s last official acts as sheriff, he was able to promote one of his long-time deputies to the rank of lieutenant. After the official county swearing in ceremonies, Sheriff Beltner, and Sheriff elect Skinner stood in the front of the courtroom to promote Dayton Mayle from sergeant to lieutenant.
Skinner informed the crowd of family and well-wishers that he and Sheriff Beltner both wanted to bestow the honor upon Mayle, but as Beltner is the outgoing sheriff, Skinner differed to him.
“Dayton Mayle exemplifies what an officer in our department should be,” Beltner stated, “we are honored to have him.”
Taylor County Magistrates, James Leonard Lucas and Ricky Randall Reese, were both sworn in for another term respectively.
“It has been my good fortune to work with the people in this courthouse,” Reese stated. “It has been my pleasure to work with Magistrate Lucas, and all of the workers in the magistrate office, my assistant is one of the best in the state.”
Reese’s assistant, Crystal Brake was sworn in next, followed by Lucas’ assistant, Brenda Lucas.
Judge Moats administered the oath of office to a new Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy at the ceremony. Ryan Hall was sworn in as Taylor County’s newest law enforcement officer.
“We are glad to have him aboard,” stated Beltner. “He will be a wonderful asset to the department and the citizens of Taylor County.”
The ceremony was witnessed by family members and friends, who crowded the courtroom to wish the new officials well.