CLARKSBURG, W.Va.— An interim police chief was named in Clarksburg on Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after Marshall Goff resigned.

Clarksburg City Manager Martin Howe announced Lt. Robbie Hilliard will replace Goff, who stepped down Monday from the role he held since 2007.

“With the recent retirement and resignation of Chief Goff, I have been tasked with putting in an interim chief to move the city forward in the direction that we see fit,” said Howe.

Goff’s resignation came amid questions whether proper procedures were followed in April when Clarksburg Councilman Sam “Zeke” Lopez was accused of domestic battery involving his wife.

Lopez was arrested July 3.

Bill Ihlenfeld, the U.S. Attorney for West Virginia’s Northern District, was scheduled to discuss an investigation involving the police department at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Photo by Travis Jones

Clarksburg City Manager Martin Howe

On Tuesday morning, Howe said he did not know what the U.S. Attorney would be addressing: “I was not made aware of a press conference by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to my office.”

Goff had worked with the Clarksburg Police Department for more than 20 years.

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  • Ben There

    Once on Christmas Eve a friend of mine saw a man beating his wife on Court St. He went to help her, They both turn on him and he spent that Christmas in jail. If you stick your neck out for someone you better make sure its not chopped off. It could happen to anyone.

  • oldskool

    Elkins is just as bad, cops covering for other cops, and "Joe public" goes to jail for doing the same thing!

  • Woodchuck

    Listen up kids, being corrupt is ok if you are a police chief.

  • Woodchuck

    Does the chief get his pension? I think that is why he RETIRED...

    He's gonna laugh all the way to the bank. He'll probably get a job with a gas company and collect his pension. 2 checks are better than 1.

  • A former victim

    All I can say is one word "KARMA"

  • leroy jethro gibbs

    ever wonder why bridgeport is succeeding and clarksburgs going to the dogs?

  • 2XLPatriot

    The U.S. Attorney could spend the next 3 or 4 lifetimes investigating and prosecuting people from the lowest level of local government to the top dog in North Central WV and would still need more time. Sheeple keep re-electing these people because they "Know" or are "Familiar" with the names. Quality doesn't matter, it's all who we know or who my parents or Grandparents voted for.......

    • must go

      SO true!
      Next election all incumbents must go!

  • blugldmn

    mafia never left...well one of them got elected and went Washington....

    • 2XLPatriot

      Mafia AKA politicians.

  • leroy jethro gibbs

    ah, the mafia is alive and well in north central wv

  • cutty77

    Harrison has Changed alot in recent years. There is alot more money changing hands up there now. With more Money comes More Edgy People. Plain an Simple.

    • ShinnstonGuy

      I am not sure if ever changed. It seemed to always be this way in my opinion. Everyone knows where people are playing cards or gambling illegally, yet the police "seem" to be clueless. Yeah, because they are getting a kickback from their friends.

      • Slippery Pete

        The big change has been that the ways of Clarksburg has now crept into Bridgeport. Seems like every other council meeting they have ends up behind closed doors.

  • Slippery Pete

    Good old Harrison County, it could give Lincoln and Logan counties a run for the money. Time to clean house of all the dirty pols.

  • ConservativeRealist

    "I did nothing wrong but I am quitting...errr, resigning today...effective immediately...right before the highest ranking law enforcement officer in my jurisidiction makes a press announcement about why...I mean talks about something that could be related to why I am quitting...err, resigning...that is all."