Wood County Sheriff’s Office promotes two deputies

PARKERSBURG – Two deputies in the Wood County Sheriff’s Office were promoted in rank during a ceremony Monday at the Wood County Courthouse.

In a ceremony that included family and friends, Kent Stephens, a 23-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, went from sergeant to lieutenant.

Stephens has 16 years of service as a deputy sheriff, including seven years in corrections where he attained the rank of sergeant in corrections at the former Wood County Jail. Stephens is assigned as a night shift supervisor. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2009. Stephens is a graduate of the West Virginia State Corrections Academy as well as a 1998 graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy.

Tennant is a 16-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. Tennant was promoted to sergeant.

He is assigned to the night shift and is also assigned as an investigator on the Wood County Crash Team. Tennant is a 1998 graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy and was selected as the 2007 Deputy of the Year by the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Tennant also serves as the association treasurer, a position he has held for six terms.