It turns out a group designed to protect Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies -- hasn't been protecting much of anything.
The Civil Service Commission is set up to allow deputies to voice complaints -- but its members haven't even been meeting. And that lack of action could be part of a much bigger problem.
County Commissioner Kent Carper says, “Frankly, the Kanawha County Civil Service Commission has been lethargic and totally ineffective.”
Sheriff Mike Rutherford is trying to get his deputies the raises and promotions he says they should've received years ago. That process has made it obvious to Commissioner Carper that if the Civil Service Commission had done its job then, this issue never would've happened.
Terry Sayre is the newest member of the Civil Service Commission and says in the nine months he's been on board, they've never all met. And that wasn't what he expected. The other two members of the Civil Service Commission are Bill Porth and John Williams.
Kent Carper says the county commission plans to take up this issue later this month.