Reed sworn as Pleasants County chief deputy
ST. MARYS — The Pleasants County Sheriff’s Department appointed a new chief deputy and the county’s first school resource officer.
Veteran Jason Reed previously worked at the St. Marys Police Department for the past 20 years, according to the Pleasants County Sheriff’s Department in a news release.
“During that time, Reed has shown to be an exceptional law enforcement officer and has been the driving force in numerous community outreach programs within our county,” the release said.
In his new position, Reed also will serve the staff and students of Pleasants County Schools as the first school resource officer. With his years in the community, Sheriff Chuck Menkins said Reed was the perfect candidate for the job because he has already developed a relationship with locals.
“The citizens know him (and are) well acquainted with him. The youth know him and respect him,” Menkins said. “We are getting a lot of positive feedback from the community from where we selected him”
Reed’s work in the schools will involve educating students about the criminal justice system, mentoring youth, preventing juvenile delinquency and providing a safe school environment.
“It’s an (opportunity) for security and for the kids to come to him if they’re (having) problems at home or are being bullied. He’s a good outlet for them to come to for advice and even legal activities, he’s already gained most of their trust,” Menkins said.
After Reed completes the resource officer training, he will start the position at the beginning of the fall semester. He will primarily be stationed at St. Marys High School but he will cycle through Pleasants County Middle School and Belmont and St. Marys Elementary schools as well.
“We’re going to diversify his use a little bit (but he will) mostly be assigned to the high school,” Menkins said.
When school is not in session during the summer months, Reed will resume his duties as the county’s chief deputy.
“Chief Deputy Reed holds a multitude of advanced trainings and certifications within the field of law enforcement. We believe he is the perfect fit and will become a great mentor with our youth and continue to serve the citizens of Pleasants County in a great way,” the release said.