New APA, Investigator join ranks at Taylor County Prosecutor’s Office


TAYLOR COUNTY—On Tuesday, two new members of Prosecutor John Bord’s team were sworn into their positions by the Honorable Alan D. Moats and Honorable Shawn D. Nines.

Both Don Kitzmiller and Rachel Bickel both got their start in Taylor County. Now, as officials with the prosecutor’s office, they will continue to work within Taylor County to help ensure that it is a safer place for all who reside there.

Bickel took her oath on Tuesday and was sworn in as the newest part-time Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Taylor County.

Although she is new to the position, she shared that she is excited to get to work.

“I am very excited and very grateful that I was able to obtain this position,” Bickel expressed. “I interned here for Judge Moats in 2017 and really enjoyed my time here.”

Judge Moats voiced that he had always hoped that somehow, some time, in some way, they would be able to get her back in Taylor County.

She attended West Virginia Wesleyan College where she obtained an undergraduate degree in English but decided to take a few years off to gain some work experience, before heading back and hitting the books.

She attended West Virginia University School of Law was received her law degree.

Bickel is no stranger to Taylor County, as she spent time working at Save-A-Lot located in Green’s plaza, owned by her father, Rick Green.

“Although I grew up in Clarksburg, Grafton and Taylor County are near and dear to my heart, and I am happy to be back,” she said.

Bord voiced that he was not sure he would be able to get Bickel as a member of his office.

“Frankly, I didn’t believe I would be able to hire her, because I figured she would already have a job lined up because of her quality of work,” he said. “When she contacted me, I was really excited, knowing her background.”

Kitzmiller was sworn in as the investigator for the Prosecuting Attorney’s office. With nearly 26 years of law enforcement background, he was what Bord says is a perfect fit for the position.

“Hiring Don Kitzmiller has been a big win for this office,” Bord commented. “I have someone with a lot of experience and background with investigating.”

Kitzmiller began his career in law enforcement in the late 80s, and during his years of service has learned the importance of strong investigation in cases.

“I started my career here with the sheriff’s department in 1988, under the tutelage of Terring Skinner, Kenny Peters and former Sheriff Rick Reese,” he shared. “All three very strong officers.”

He then applied and was accepted into the West Virginia State Police in 1992 and served with that agency until his retirement in 2018. During his time with the state police, he was relocated back to this area began getting involved in sports.

“I’ve known John for a number of years, but we were coaching together at that time, and after retirement, he came to me and asked if I would be interested in the investigator position,” Kitzmiller revealed.

He shared that for him, things have come back around full circle, and he is excited to get to work for the county once more.

“It is an honor to be here with the prosecutor and his assistants. I look forward to working with him and the law enforcement officials of Taylor County,” Kitzmiller said.

Bord said he is happy to have both Bickel and Kitzmiller on board.

“I am very fortunate to have hired the people I have,” he said. “And for the first time in a long time, my office is completely staffed.”

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