First female police chief sworn-in as West Liberty re-establishes department


There’s a new chief in town and she’s the first woman to do it. Kristina Mayernik was sworn in this morning as the first female chief of police for the town of West Liberty.

“We’re not positive, but we know that she’s one of, if not, one or two, very few in the state, especially in this county in this region,” said John Mayernik, Kristina’s husband.

Chief Mayernik is no stranger to law-enforcement, she been on the road for 15 years. Currently working in Bethlehem she’s started her career in Washington, D.C. and also worked in Jupiter, Florida.

Surrounded by her husband John and her son Evan and Ryan she took the oath to keep West Liberty safe. 

“I just want to be a great role model you know, for the little girls, for the teenage girls, the college girls. I just want to be a good role model for them and realize that no matter how many obstacles may stand in your way you can push through it and you can prove yourself and do a job just as good as anyone else out there,” said Chief Kristina Mayernik, West Liberty Police.

Her sons are in first and third grade, they said they like to see Mom in uniform and learn about her job. 

“Because she’s the best police chief,” said Ryan Mayernik, Kristina’s son.

Kristina has new goals for the department like collaboration with university police and the Ohio County Sheriffs office and a bigger focus on campus security. 

“I have an open door policy. You know what, call me, come and talk to me, stop me on the street, let me know what’s going on because essentially they’re my eyes when I can’t be here 24/7,” said Chief Mayernik.

John said the whole family is extremely proud of not only their super cop, but their super mom.

“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to doing a great job and working with Mayor Griffith and the council,” said Chief Mayernik.

“That she can maybe make the world a better place,” said Evan Mayernik, Kristina’s son.

Mayernik said the department already has good resources. She plans to hire some new officers in the future.

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