Harmon preparing to become Berkeley County sheriff

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The incoming Berkeley County sheriff is already preparing for taking office in January.

Sheriff-elect Nathan Harmon, who defeated incumbent Curtis Keller in November, has spent time since the election reviewing budgets and scheduling training. Harmon told MetroNews affiliate WEPM-AM he is also speaking to Keller about preparing for becoming sheriff.

Harmon said he plans on establishing a drug interdiction team within his first 90 days.

“That will concentrate on saturating areas of high crime and getting these drugs off our streets,” he added.

He noted training will begin in February.

“You’ll see them on the streets more. You’ll see them on the interstate. You’ll see them doing interdiction work, what I feel to be a proactive approach,” he said.

“This is going to be a community-involved police department.”

Harmon is scheduled to take the oath of office on Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Gina Groh, but he will not be sheriff until next month.

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