Sheriff meets with commission over association letter

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens appeared before the Wood County Commission this morning to discuss the letter of no confidence from the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association that was sent to the county last week.

Stephens, who has been sheriff for almost five years, made a public statement before the commission voted to discuss the matter in more detail in executive session.

“As you can imagine, the allegations made were hurtful, disappointing and embarrassing,” Stephens said. “I have always had an open door policy to allow access to me to discuss any issues.

“To date, in approximately five years, there have been very few deputies that have come to me with issues that we needed to discuss.”

The letter made allegations of Stephens creating a hostile and negative work environment saying the sheriff displayed a lack of leadership and professionalism, was prone to fits of anger and more.

Check for the complete story in Tuesday’s Parkersburg News and Sentinel.


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