(11/05/2012)
West Virginia is one of only three states in the USA where sheriffs still have term limits.

The only other elected office in West Virginia with term limits is that of governor.

The West Virginia Sheriff's Association is backing a constitutional amendment on the November ballot which would lift those limits.

"When you have an outstanding sheriff, it's not very fair to say, 'We appreciate your service. You've done a great job. Now you've got to go," says Rudi Raynes-Kidder, the executive director of the West Virginia Sheriff's Association.

"In the past, people thought that a sheriff had too much power. But now we have civil service code that prevents [sheriffs] from doing anything against their deputies from stepping out of line and they're audited every year just like any business," said Raynes-Kidder. The amendment has failed to pass three times in the Mountain State.


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