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New Martinsville, WV 26155

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Press Release

As part of the ongoing effort to limit exposure of the public and employees to the COVID-19 virus, the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Tax Office, as of Saturday March 21st, will be restricted to public access but will still be staffed to take phone calls for any questions you may have. We will also be accepting tax payments online, by mail or you may use our drop box located on the front porch of the courthouse. Payments for taxes must be by check, money order or certified bank check. We will not be accepting cash payments at this time. We will not be renewing vehicle license or concealed carry permits at this time. We will be closed on Saturdays during this restriction.
This is a temporary restriction and we are scheduled to reopen to the public on April 6th but that could change at any time.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We are doing all we can to ensure the safety of our employees as well as the public.
You may call our office at 304-455-8218 with any inquires.
Sheriff’s Law Enforcement will continue to operate as usual. Please call 304-455-2430 for non-emergency law enforcement, or as always, 911 in an emergency.
This has been implemented as a preventive measure only. Please be patient and practice safe procedures during this time. Please do not hesitate to call our offices with any questions.
Thank you,
Sheriff Mike Koontz

Wetzel County Sheriff (Office): (Information Provided by the WV State Agency Directory)

The Sheriff of the county serves as its chief law enforcement officer, charged with the responsibility of policing the county and keeping the peace, including the power to make arrests. A sheriff may not serve more than two consecutive terms. It is required to be a full-time position in all counties except Class X. In counties that operate county jails, the Sheriff has responsibility for administration of the jail and custody of the inmates. In addition to duties related to law enforcement, the Sheriff also serves as the Treasurer of the county and collects all taxes levied by the county. To assist the Sheriff in the performance of his/her duties, law enforcement deputies, tax deputies and legal process deputies may be employed. Correctional officers may also be hired in those counties which have a county jail. The salary range is $38,280 to $44,480 with additional compensation for tax collections not to exceed $15,000. The Sheriff’s duties include:

  • Serve and execute all returns, notices and processes issued by the courts which must be served in the county
  • Act as bailiff in court proceedings
  • Enforce court orders
  • Administer transportation of prisoners, mental patients and extraditions
  • Administer the financial matters of adults who are unable to do so for themselves
  • Issue licenses to citizens who apply for a concealed weapons permit
  • Collect all state, county, municipal and school taxes; disburse money to appropriate agencies
  • Maintain all tax records
  • Enforce payment of delinquent taxes
Wetzel County Sheriff:

Mike Koontz

Phone: 304-455-2430
Fax: 304-455-2055
Term: 4 years
Wetzel County Sheriff
PO Box D
New Martinsville, WV 26155

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