Elkins Council swears in new officer and sets municipal election date

ELKINS, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Members of Elkins City Council gathered in a special call meeting Wednesday evening for new business orders including an addition to the City's law enforcement team and the proposed Municipal Election date.

Dylan Coffman took oath in front of council members as he was sworn in as the newest officer for the city.

Coffman grew up in the area, graduating from Elkins High School in 2015. He also served in the West Virginia National Guard, worked as a correctional officer in Huttonsville, and is the 175th graduate of West Virginia State Police Academy's basic officer class.

Elkins' City Mayor Van Broughton says he is happy about the new addition to the law enforcement team as the city continues to push towards its goal of improving public safety as outlined in its strategic plan.

"The next couple of weeks we will be hiring another policeman. We are trying to improve public safety it's what we are supposed to be doing and we will have another policeman to try and take care of that."

The meeting also covered the proposed ordinance of setting the municipal election for March 5th, 2019.

Council members voted in agreement on the ordinance and the filing period is set to begin on October 29th.