Elkins City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance amendment on June 1 and accepted the amendment upon second reading, June 15.
Ordinance 241 states officers must be of or over the age of 21 and officials claim there is a good reason for the change.
“Law enforcement officers, of course, are in a position that often times create an environment where risk is a factor,” said Interim Chief J.C. Raffety. “An officer of tender years or of young age would possibly engage in a conduct that might not be something that a more mature, older, person may do.”
Next week, a permanent police chief will be chosen and the department is in the process of hiring a new officer. The age restriction is a positive for the city and the department.