Newly Elected West VA Sheriff Arrested Two Days After Taking Office
Matthew “Bo” Williams was a West Virginia cop who decided to run for Roane County Sheriff last year, winning the election in November before he was sworn into office on Sunday.
He was arrested Tuesday for stealing methamphetamine from an evidence locker at his previous job.
Police and prosecutors say he had been addicted to methamphetamine for more than a year, something he admitted to them in November.
But something he never disclosed during his campaign.
On his LinkedIn page, Williams prides himself as an expert in methamphetamine, proclaiming to have been a certified meth lab technician since 2011. His LinkedIn page also says he worked for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office as a sergeant from 2006 to 2014.
During that time, he was listed in a lawsuit for beating a man with his flashlight, according to the West Virginia Record.
But now he is facing ten years in prison on a charge of grand larceny, accused of stealing more than $1,000 worth of methamphetamine from the evidence locker at the Spencer Police Department, where he had worked for two years.
Williams, who ran unopposed after the previous sheriff decided to step down, was elected on November 8, 2016.
But the victory was short-lived when he was placed on administrative leave from the police department on November 25 after the evidence was discovered missing.
By December 2, he was in a rehab. And by December 12, he had resigned.
But he was then sworn in on January 1, 2017 as Roane County Sheriff.
However, he was arrested two days later.
He was released on a $50,000 property bond Tuesday evening, but is no longer allowed inside the Roane County Sheriff’s Office nor the county courthouse for that matter, which may make him eligible for the shortest sheriff tenure in history.
The Roane County Commission has named the former sheriff, Todd Cole, as chief deputy of law enforcement operations, which the 28-year law enforcement veteran agreed to do.
The good thing is that they never got around to removing Cole’s name as sheriff from the department’s website.