Sheriff’s office makes promotions

THE BELMONT County Sheriff’s Office will have three promotions coming into the month of March.

Chief Deputy Bill Artrip was appoint to the position in 2013 when Sheriff David Lucas was elected to office.

“Bill Artrip was a long-time member of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office and he was also a sergeant on the road for many years,” said Lucas. “He left here and went to work for the State Patrol Authority. After retirement with the State Patrol Authority, he went to start working for the common pleas court as their head probation officer. His background and knowledge is why I asked him to be my chief.”

Artrip is retiring from the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office for personal reasons, said Lucas.

“It’s just better for a younger person to take over. I have probably done everything I wanted to do, so it’s time to move on,” said Artrip. “I’m confident (in these three). We have talked about them, and they have the skill and experience.”

Sgt. James G. Zusack will take over the position as chief deputy. Zusack currently serves as the ESORN (Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification) officer and the training officer for the sheriff’s office. He has been with the sheriff’s office since 1991.

“I was here when he kind of came on right from the beginning as a deputy starting out at the jail,” said Lucas. “He was a reserve deputy and hired full-time in 1991. From ’91 until now, his background, knowledge and years of service was why I appointed him for the position of chief deputy.”

“I am excited to move forward, and I am determined to do the job,” said Zusack.

The chief deputy is second in command to the sheriff. His responsibility is broad, according to Lucas, and encompass the duties of the sheriff when the current sheriff is not there. Also as the second in command, everything will go through him before it goes to the sheriff.

“The chief deputy is an intricate part of any law enforcement agency in regards to the administrative side filtering down to the lower divisions in office,” said Lucas.

Sgt. Glen Moore, who has served as a road sergeant for several years, is currently in training to take over ESORN and as training officer.

“It’s nice because I can teach the entire department and see where we are, where we need to go and where we want to be,” said Moore. “I’m happy and excited to try this and at the same time to keep the sex offenders accountable for telling us where they are for the security of Belmont County.”

Lucas appointed Moore for the positions because of his background and experience in teaching and training. Lucas feels that keeping the officers well-trained and up-to-date is an important part of any law enforcement agency and believes that Moore is up for the dual roles that he will take on in the upcoming days.

“It’s easier to send one person to school and have that person come back and teach all 60 employees what to do, and the cost effectiveness is a lot easier,” said Moore.

The state mandates the officers be kept up-to-date on training which is hard to do because of the time and money that it takes.

“The training officer’s job is to oversee that we not only meet that expectation but we exceed it – that’s my biggest thing,” said Lucas. “It’s hard because of time and money, because everybody still has to do their job here and so fitting all this training in is very time consuming and costly, but I want the staff to be the best trained and prepared out there doing their job.”

Lucas went on to say that the sheriff’s office is more than just a patrol unit. Along with the jail, they are servants of the courts and the conceal carry registry, just to name a few, not including their day to day jobs in the communities. Lucas’s goal is to exceed state standards.

Sgt. Randy Stewart started with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department as a reserve deputy in 1996 and was hired as a full-time deputy in 2006. In that time he also did extensive tours in the military.

“From my perspective and the promotional process, now Sgt. Randy Stewart was selected,” said Lucas. Stewart will now take Moore’s position as a Road Patrol Supervisor.

“For me, this was an honor to be promoted to this position, and I am excited to perform my new duties as a Road Patrol Supervisor,” said Stewart.