BECKLEY– There’s a new sheriff in town in Raleigh County.
Former state trooper Scott Van Meter was sworn into office on Tuesday.
Meter beat Mount Hope Police Chief Stan Ellison during the May primary with 55 percent of the vote.
During his swearing in Tuesday, Meter pledged to address the county’s drug problem.
He also vowed to crack down on violence against women and place a greater emphasis on working together with other police agencies.
Meter replaces Sheriff Steve Tanner, who has served two terms as sheriff, starting in 2008. He will assume office on Jan. 1.