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5 NEWS UPDATE: Clarksburg Police Officials Resign, Avoid Federal Prosecution
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on July 09, 2013 @ 1:54PM
Created on July 09, 2013 @ 12:39PM
5 News Update:
 
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — The Chief of the Clarksburg Police Department and one of his Lieutenants have resigned in order to avoid being prosecuted for federal criminal charges.
 
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced Tuesday that former Chief Marshall Goff and former Lieutenant Tim Smith have quit the Clarksburg Police Department and thus will avoid being charged with civil rights violations and for making false statements to federal agents. The actions of Goff and Smith occurred after officers from their department responded to a report of an alleged domestic battery in Clarksburg in April of 2013 involving a city councilman. Goff and Smith became involved in the response and the actions that they took led to a separate investigation into their handling of the case.
 
The resignations of Goff and Smith are effective immediately and both men are barred from ever seeking or accepting employment as police officers again.  Both men have also agreed to be cooperative and truthful in the ongoing investigation into the handling of the response to the alleged domestic.
 
A charge has been filed in the underlying domestic battery case and that matter is being handled in state court by a special prosecuting attorney.
 
The case involving Goff and Smith was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia State Police, BCI, both of which are members of the West Virginia Public Corruption Task Force.  If the public has any information regarding this matter or other similar matters they may call the public corruption hotline at 1-855-WVA-FEDS (1-855-982-3337), or send an email to  wvafeds@usdoj.gov.
 
Original Story:
 
After 29 years on the job, Clarksburg's Police Chief Marshall Goff officially announced he was stepping down Monday. 
 
At a press conference Tuesday morning, Lieutenant Robert Hilliard was announced as the new interim chief of police.
 
In addition to that announcement, U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II's office announced Tuesday it would hold a news conference at 1:00 p.m. to talk about issues at the police department. A spokeswoman said she could not provide further details before the announcement.
 
According to City Manager Martin Howe, the decision for Goff to step down was personal and a hard one for Goff to make. When asked if Goff's decision had anything to do with the alleged domestic abuse incident involving Councilman Sam "Zeke" Lopez, Howe said he couldn't comment on that. 
 
Goff became chief in 2007 after 23 years with the department. He spent five years in the Anmoore Police Department before starting work in Clarksburg. City Manager Martin Howe said Tuesday that Lt. Tim Smith also resigned.
 
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Comments (8)
Jul 10, 2013 at 9:13 PM
Both of these cops were bad back 20 years ago. They've harassed women and knew they could get by with it. Finally, they're getting paid back for all the bad they've done to others. I've never trusted the Clarksburg police force. They need to do a lot more investigating!
Jul 10, 2013 at 11:01 AM
There is no one worse and more pathetic and disgusting than someone holding a position of power, that is supposed to exhort what's right and moral to others and becomes the worst example of that. Those holding such jobs are and should be held to a 'higher standard' than anyone else. Thus, when they become more corrupt than the ones they arrest, judge or pronounce sentences on....they should get NO RETIREMENT BENEFITS and NO SPECIAL FAVORS like 'allowing' them to retire/resign and allowing them to GET AWAY with their crimes! THIS is why public does not trust our police force anymore. They show us their 'double standards.' DISPICABLE!
Jul 09, 2013 at 6:27 PM
Before there's any final judgements made, the public should think about why the original incident with the Lopez's was kept quiet. Is this the first time? Did it have anything to do with the election coming up? What was the benefit to our law enforcement to do this? Could someone else have controlled this? If you look back through the years in the newspapers & TV there have been a number of questionable incidents that make you wonder why they were not investigated. What made the FBI step in now?
Jul 09, 2013 at 5:44 PM
It is very sad that two upstanding (well at least I thought so) officers chose the path of political corruption and ended their careers in such a manner. I would not wish any suffering upon their families, but these men should not be allowed to 'retire' and avoid penalties for their actions, nor should they be able to collect retirement benefits paid for by the very taxpayers that they have deceived. It is very sad that our trusted leaders allow politics to cloud their moral judgement of right & wrong. In fact it's quite difficult to use the words 'politics' and 'morals' in the same sentence anymore.
Jul 09, 2013 at 2:47 PM
why let these criminals resign to avoid prosecution....they'll probabably get full retirement ant benefits !!
Jul 09, 2013 at 2:47 PM
The City had to have known prior to the retirement announcement. Why? Because the offer letter by the US attorney which is dated July 5th, so negotiations were happening prior to that, and the City attorney would have been involved. BTW, the offer requires them to resign, not necessarily retire. The City should rescind the retirement and let them resign.
Jul 09, 2013 at 2:16 PM
Why have they not been arrested? They knew that the Feds were going to make an announcement. The Clarksburg leadership knew it as well, but the City allowed them to retire? This does not make sense. Now the taxpayer has to fund the alledged wrong doings of City employees. The City should NOT pay any retirement benefits.

The City will probably also be sued for the underlining domestic violence crime if civil rights were violated. Again, at the taxpayer's expense. It makes no sense to promote from within when there are obvious questionable practices within the department. The City should have appointed an interim Chief until a public posting of the job and full interviews of candidates could be completed. Finally, why is it that when law enforcement personnel are involved in legal issues in W, they are allowed to resign or retire, but the average Joe ends up in jail? Look at Shinnston.
Jul 09, 2013 at 1:18 PM
Maybe it's not so bad that 'you're cleaning house.'
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