Fireman Joins Paden City Police
Paden City’s police force just a little bit bigger.
During a special meeting Dec. 12, city council approved hiring Raphe Bailes as a full-time police officer
“This is a good addition to our force he is absolutely needed,” said Tim Shreve, interim police chief.
Shreve said though Bailes is new to law enforcement, he has experience with Wetzel County’s EMS and service as a firefighter with the Shirley and Middlebourne volunteer fire departments. He will attend the state Police Academy in the spring. Bailes salary is $13.50 per hour plus benefits, Shreve said.
The city’s small police force has been understaffed in recent months which, when fully staffed, consists of four full-time officers and perhaps a part-time officer.
Currently, three officers work for the department including Bailes. Mayor John Hopkins said area law enforcement agencies have been assisting the police department as needed.
“Hiring another police officer is good for the city,” Hopkins said.
In October, Officer Justin Wade resigned so as to take a full-time job at St. Mary’s Correctional Center in Pleasants County.
Former Police Chief Joseph Richardson was suspended in October pending the outcome of a domestic violence investigation. He was charged with domestic battery and unlawful restraint and remains free on $10,000 bond.