The Barbour County Commission and the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for March.  Pictured from left are Shana Frey, Barbour County Administrator, Kim Lewis, Assistant Administrator, and Chief Deputy Sheriff Brett Carpenter.

The Barbour County Commission is the governing body of the county and consists of three elected Commissioners who each serve a six-year term.  Commission meetings are open to the public.  The duties and responsibilities of the County Commission can be found at their website  barbourcountywv.org/county commission/  Or, the public may telephone (304) 457-4577 for further information.  The county courthouse is located at 26 North Main Street in Philippi.

According to Chief Deputy Brett Carpenter, the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department is comprised of eight certified law enforcement officers and eight civilian employees.  The latter include tax deputies, administrative support, and process and security officers.  The Sheriff is Phil Ferguson, whose department responds to law enforcement complaints, patrols, and handles emergency calls. 

The Sheriff’s Department also works on community outreach, Carpenter says, including civil process, court bailiffing, tax collection, transport, and courthouse security.  Community outreach also covers safety fair programs, neighborhood watch, national take-back day, shop-with-a-cop, school PRO officers, and youth outreach speeches which incorporate drug and alcohol addiction and drunk google demonstrations. The Sheriff’s Department is located in the Barbour County Courthouse and may be reached at (304) 457-2352.

Carpenter is a graduate of Potomac State College, the West Virginia Police Academy, and the Clandestine Lab Tech Training Program at Quantico, Virginia.  He was a member of the Philippi Police Department and Putnam County Sheriff’s Department prior to joining Barbour County in 2011.  Carpenter quotes Romans 13:4, “He is God’s servant to do you good, but if you do wrong, be afraid, for nothing.  He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”   Lewis served for ten years in the office of Melody Jones, CPA.