WINFIELD, W.Va. — New Winfield Police Chief Bobby Eggleton began his new position on Monday, hoping to maintain the city’s reputation as one of the safest in the state.
“We have three great schools right here in our city, so thats a priority of mine,” Eggleton said. ‘As far as crime goes we can brag about being one of the safest communities in the state. We just want to keep it that way.”
Eggleton was grateful that Mayor Randy Barrett offered him the chance to serve the town where he lives and where his kids attend school. The 50-year-old served for over 20 years with the Charleston Police Department, retiring in December as the head of the department’s Special Enforcement Unit.
“I see that as nothing but an asset for me and this community,” Eggleton said of his experience in law enforcement. “I think the mayor has seen that. He can bring somebody in here to lead this department get it up to where it’s supposed to be if it’s not. I just want to make sure we can serve our community like we’re supposed to.”
Eggleton will lead a staff of six other officers. His appointment comes in the wake of former Chief John Perrine’s recent resignation.