Sheriff Koontz Seeks Re-Election
Current Wetzel County Sheriff Mike Koontz is seeking the county’s continued support in his bid for re-election.
Sheriff Koontz has more than two decades of law enforcement experience and possesses more than 1,000 hours of continuing education in law enforcement and supervisory training. He began his career in law enforcement in 1992 as a deputy and has since served as corporal, interim sheriff, and chief deputy. He was elected to his current position as sheriff in 2016.
Under Koontz’s watch, the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office remains vigilant and active in the fight against drug abuse. Arrests have increased in the past three years, and Koontz’s office cooperates with the local drug court program to help facilitate GPS monitoring and drug testing. The department has also taken over Wetzel County Home Confinement monitoring. Notably, Sheriff Koontz also takes pride in the addition to the department of K-9 Tia, who was purchased by Koontz’s office with funds seized from drug investigations.
The Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office also boasts several technological upgrades that have been made over the course of the past few years. The office has implemented a “speed trailer” to help alleviate traffic issues. Also, officers now have computers and printers in patrol vehicles and issue citations electronically. Furthermore, the sheriff’s office now has new reporting software, which links all officers’ reports and centralizes data. This data is then shared with other agencies, which use the same system.
Additionally, the county’s courthouse and magistrate offices have implemented additional security measures; the sheriff’s tax office has also been remodeled. All of these changes have been made with the safety and accommodation of employees and visitors in mind.
While Koontz has served as Wetzel County Sheriff, his office has increased patrols throughout the county and has also worked to assist local agencies that have been short-handed. The office has also continued to collaborate each summer with the Wetzel County Coalition Against Drug Abuse in order to host the annual “summer picnic” at the Wetzel County 4-H Grounds.
Sheriff Koontz has several additional goals in mind if re-elected to his post. One such goal is to appoint to the department an investigator who can focus on felony investigations. Koontz is currently in the process of seeing another goal to fruition – working with other county officials to implement personnel for the enforcement of litter control and animal abuse complaints.
“I can’t believe four years have flown by since I last filed for election, but here I am again filing for re-election to the office of sheriff,” notes Koontz. “I have enjoyed moving into this administrative role of my career, and hope to be able to serve Wetzel County in that capacity for four more years.”
Koontz’s endorsements include the Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler AFL-CIO, and the West Virginia Sheriffs Association.
Koontz would also like to explain that he does have campaign signs that he anticipates displaying in the future. However, due to the current coronavirus pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home order the sheriff has made the personal choice not to display his signs until the order is lifted.
Sheriff Mike Koontz still resides near Littleton with his wife of 32 years, Allison. They have two sons, Ethan and Brady.
“I truly enjoy serving Wetzel County in the capacity of Sheriff and would sincerely appreciate your vote in the upcoming election. I look forward to the opportunity to serve another four years”.