West Virginia Treasurer hands check to Wyoming County Sheriff
PINEVILLE, WV (WVNS) – West Virginia Treasurer Riley Moore visited Wyoming County on Thursday, October 14, 2021 to deliver a check to the sheriff’s office.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office participated in an inaugural gun auction program with the West Virginia Treasurer’s Office over the summer. The program is one of the first for Treasurer Riley Moore who said the program helps get money directly to law enforcement agencies in need.
“This check represents dollars that the sheriff’s department here can certainly use like across the state to purchase essential equipment to be able to serve and protect their communities,” Moore said.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office submitted 144 guns for auction. These guns were part of years of evidence locker stock. The sheriff said they were from convicted felons or were firearms that could not be returned to the owner after an arrest.
Treasurer Moore presented a check for $ 19,098 from the sale of these weapons.
“When we surrendered, we thought we would get three or four thousand dollars for it,” Sheriff Bradley Ellison said. “Then when they presented a check for $ 19,000, it was actually a shock that we shot so many guns.”
Ellison said the money will be placed in a special fund to cover new equipment costs and upgrades to the sheriff’s office.
Treasurer Moore said the program is the only one of its kind in the United States and has been a huge success. He has so far said they have raised $ 140,000 for the West Virginia State Police Department and that he plans to continue the program next summer.
“They’ll then turn those guns over to the state treasurer’s office, and then we’ll have an auction every year, every summer with those guns, and fundraise,” Moore said. “All of this money is going back to these police departments and this is a really exciting opportunity.”