Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler’s term has come to an end, as he gets ready to retire after a 41 year career in law enforcement.
Butler started at the Bridgeport Police Department and spent 23 years with the Wheeling Police Department, then moved on to the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department where he served as chief deputy for eight years, before serving as Ohio County Sheriff for eight years.
Butler said his favorite part of being in law enforcement was being able to patrol the streets, make traffic stops and do investigations. “I mean once you become administrator, it’s harder to get out and do things you’d like to do, but I was still able to make a few traffic stops and write some tickets,” he said.
When he looked back on his eight years serving as Sheriff in Ohio County, Butler said he is proud of how far his department has come.
“Everybody has a take-home car which is great for the county and the citizens because at any given time you have 30 plus cars out in the county, parked or on the move, and you know the equipment we have, you have to thank the commissioners for that,” he said.
He said improvements were a county-wide effort, supported by funding from the commission for new equipment, overtime and other resources.
“Before they would move on to another agency after they got trained here, now we have people coming from other agencies to work at the Ohio County Sheriffs department it’s been quite the reversal and it’s been outstanding,” Butler said.
He said he is looking forward to getting back to doing some of the things he enjoys, like working out and detailing cars.
Butler said he wants to thank the citizens of Ohio County for putting their trust in him and electing him twice. “I hope they were rewarded with what they feel is good service,” he concluded.
Butler said he has met with incoming Sheriff Tom Howard, who he calls a friend. His last day on the job will be Saturday.