Honoring the past service of dedicated law enforcement officials


TAYLOR COUNTY—Citing the importance of recognizing the past, Sheriff Terry A. Austin has come up with a way to help show some of the history of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department in a special way.

“I decided that I wanted to do something to showcase the previous sheriffs of the department for the community to see when they came to visit the office,” he explained. “So, I decided to honor them with a display on the wall in the office.”

It is the hope of Sheriff Austin that the portraits of past sheriffs will line the wall, along with a sign that was made by Black Bear Customs.

“Right now, the only picture that is up on the wall is former Sheriff Terring Skinner, but I am hoping that soon we will have more pictures to put up along with his,” said Austin. “I’d just like to take a minute to thank Michael Shaffer at Black Bear for the sign. It turned out great.”

To help complete their display, Austin is asking for an 8x10 print of previous sheriffs. When sending picture, Austin asks that the years of the previous sheriff’s terms be included.

Pictures may be dropped off or mailed to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department at 214 West Main St., Grafton, WV 26354. Portraits may also be emailed to Austin at [email protected]

Austin said that it is his hope that the wall will remain intact, even after his term is finished, so that the community can see and be proud of the long standing history of the department.

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