Wood County Sheriff will retire | News, Sports, Jobs

  Wood County Sheriff will retire |  News, Sports, Jobs

“Effective 12/1/21, I hereby retire from my position as Sheriff of Wood County,” the one-line letter from Sheriff Steve Stephens said.

The commission hired a Charleston law firm to investigate the allegations in an effort determine whether Stephens should be removed from office.

Read more in Tuesday’s edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

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  • PARKERSBURG — The sheriff of Wood County is retiring effective Dec. 1, according to a letter dated Friday and submitted to the County Commission this morning.

  • Stephens was named in a lawsuit by a former deputy, Della Matheny, alleging misconduct and inappropriate behavior. A complaint was also filed by Deputy Tasha Hewitt making similar allegations. In October, the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association sent a letter to the sheriff and the commission informing them of a vote of no-confidence in Stephens’ leadership.

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