KEYSER, W.Va. — Upon recommendation by Mayor Damon Tillman, Sgt. Paul Sabin was chosen from three possible appointees for Keyser’s new police chief Wednesday during the regular meeting of the mayor and City Council.
The vote in favor of Sabin was unanimous, with Councilmen Mike Ryan, Billy Zacot and Eric Murphy attending. Jennifer Junkins was absent.
Sabin, who has served several years with the Keyser Police Department, soon will be sworn in, outgoing Chief Tom Golden said on Thursday. Golden plans to assist in the transfer of duties.
Sabin also previously served as a Mineral County sheriff’s deputy, along with law enforcement experience in Florida.
The new appointment follows Golden’s decision to retire and spend more time with family. Golden spent most of his 30-year law enforcement career working as a special agent for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
“Family is important,” said Tillman during a segment of reminiscing with Golden and others during the council meeting.
Golden reflected on some things that were new to him when he first arrived, like the Keyser Christmas Parade, which he was expected to lead. “I was never in a parade in my life,” he said.
Golden has been active in the community during his 1.5 years as chief, serving on committees such as a drug program focusing on children initiated by the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re losing a lot,” said Tillman, noting that KPD has become stronger under Golden’s leadership. Golden said he expects that Sabin will continue in the same direction.