PHILIPPI, W.Va. —The Barbour County Commission moved quickly Friday to fill a leadership void in the sheriff’s department.

The commission named Lt. Phil Ferguson as interim sheriff following Thursday’s resignation of Sheriff John Hawkins.

Hawkins resigned as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. He pleaded guilty Thursday to committing insurance fraud. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

The county commission has 30 days to name a permanent replacement.


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  • rick

    Poor Phil. Hope he gets a lot of help .

  • DWL

    Holding top the norm, did they appoint a liberal (d)? God forbid they inject some conservatism into the socialism reign of this county.

    • Fentanyl Bomb

      If conservatives could win elections they wouldn't need arbitrary injections by a vocal minority.

      Get your own houses in order.