Wood Sheriff in stable condition

PARKERSBURG – Wood County Sheriff Ken Merritt was in stable condition Sunday at Camden Clark Medical Center’s Memorial Campus after being transported to the hospital Sunday afternoon, a hospital official confirmed.

CCMC spokesman Tim Brunicardi said Merritt was in the process of being admitted to the hospital early Sunday evening and was in stable condition.

Chief Deputy Shawn Graham with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Merritt had been admitted to the hospital and was “resting comfortably” Sunday after visits from several of his deputies.

Graham declined to provide specifics, but said an ambulance was called Sunday to Merritt’s home on a medical call.

Today will be Graham’s final day as chief deputy, following his retirement to take the position of Williamstown’s police chief. Capt. M.K. Smith is scheduled to be sworn in today before the Wood County Commission as the new chief deputy, Graham said.

“While Ken’s at the hospital – which hopefully won’t be for long – the chief deputy will be in charge of the sheriff’s department,” Graham said Sunday.