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Woodyard takes oath as new sheriff of Wood County

Photo by Brett Dunlap Rick Woodyard receives the oath of office from Judge Jason Wharton as the new sheriff of Wood County this morning. From left, Williamstown Police Chief Shawn Graham, Wharton, Woodyard, and William "Bill" Minnear, a former Williamstown chief who Woodyard said is like a brother.

Rick Woodyard this morning was administered the oath of office as the new sheriff of Wood County.

Woodyard, who also is 911 director, succeeds Steve Stephens, who announced his retirement last month effective today.

A special election will be held next year to fill the unexpired term.

Numerous deputies and employees of the department, county officials and employees attended this morning’s ceremony. Woodyard was chosen from among five candidates by the county commission.

Read the story in Thursday’s edition of The News and Sentinel.

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