POMEROY — Changes are taking place within the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.
With the change of administration on Jan. 7, new Sheriff Keith Wood indicated he planned to make some changes regarding the department.
Wood and his staff implemented two of those changes last week with the launch of a new website and the announcement of the formation of a Special Deputies Unit.
“The first (change) is a new website, meigssheriff.org,” said Wood. I have worked on this project to assure that we can reach more people with information on topics like: locating sex offenders, concealed carry permit information, background check information and much more.”
The system will also make communication easier. Email addresses for all Sheriff’s Office personnel are available on the website, as well as a function to allow messages to be sent directly from the site. A list of staff email addresses can be located under the “About Us” tab.
The website also provides links to other sites and pages which can be helpful to the citizens of Meigs County. The site provides links to sign up for “Code Red” alerts, as well as victim notifications through a national database.
“The second thing that I am implementing is a new volunteer Special Deputies Unit,” Wood said.
A special deputy will be required to work 16 hours each month. Positions special deputies will hold include dispatchers, jailers, transport officers, court officers, warrants, criminal cases and other duties as needed.
While the unit will be an active volunteer unit, there may be paid assignments, as well.
Those interested in serving on the special deputies unit must have a current law-enforcement commission or a current Ohio Basic Police Academy Certificate.
Additional information about the positions available within the Special Deputies Unit can be found in the department’s website. can be submitted to Chief Deputy Charlie Mansfield.
“These Special Deputies will increase our ability to complete more tasks and will be vital to our day to day operations,” said Wood. “I am looking forward to having these dedicated people join our team.”