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Shepherd to Retire Dec. 31

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Dec 9, 2020

Thomas Shepherd as Magistrate

Tom Shepherd will be retiring from Public Service as Wetzel County Magistrate on December 31, 2020. In 1996 Shepherd was elected Sheriff of Wetzel County and served two terms until 2004. He then was elected to the Wetzel County Magistrate post which he has held since 2005. He decided earlier this year to retire and not seek re-election so he can spend more time with family and enjoying other activities.

While serving as Sheriff of Wetzel County he became known for his honesty, integrity, fairness and ability to get the job done. He is a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute in Longmont, Colorado, and served on the board of directors of the West Virginia Sheriff’s Association for seven years.

A New Martinsville native and graduate of Magnolia High School, Shepherd obtained an associate degree in criminal justice from Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pa., and a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from West Liberty State College. He currently maintains and holds magistrate certification, awarded annually by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

He is the son of late Armenta G. Shepherd and Rossie Shepherd, and is married to the former Lisa Tennant of Reader and together they have two sons, Taylor, and Sam.

He is a member in good standing of the First Christian Church in New Martinsville and Moose Lodge 931 of New Martinsville.

“I would like to thank the citizens of Wetzel County for there support and confidence they have shown in me during my years of Public Service. It has been an honor and a responsibility I have not taken lightly.” said Magistrate Shepherd

“I would especially like to thank Elizabeth Durant who served eight years as my chief tax deputy in the Sheriff’s Office and as my Magistrate assistant the past 16 years. She has been with me from the beginning,” stated Shepherd.