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Some new faces and some administrative changes were the focus at Thursday's Upshur County Commission.

Sheriff Dave Coffman is already busy and getting his department in order by putting some of his staff in key positions and who have a lot of experience.

Coffman said he needs to hire another deputy, a prevention resource officer for Buckhannon Upshur High School, and a process server. But some familiar names are staying.

Former sheriff Virgil Miller will serve as a chief deputy of administration. Mike Kelley has been reappointed as chief deputy of law enforcement and Sheila Adams is also returning as a chief tax deputy.

Coffman said it's good to have good people during a transition period like this.

"To bring Virgil on board, I want Virgil in the administrative side of it to help me, but Mike is a very good law enforcement officer and I wanted him in that position to help lead the deputies," Coffman said.

Also at Thursday's county commission meeting, the commission welcomed its newest commissioner.

Troy Brady recently retired from law enforcement as a deputy sheriff, and won the November election as county commissioner.

Brady said he's excited and it will be a learning experience.

He knows he doesn't have all the answers but he says over time he wants to do what's best for Upshur County.

"I think it will be a learning experience and I look forward to doing and look forward to doing it the best way I can, and to work for all the citizens of Upshur County to see if we can make it a better place," Brady said.

The commission also approved Donnie Tenney to remain as president of the county commission and hold its meetings every Thursday at 9 a.m.