School board may name Dougherty replacement

CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County school board members next week could name a replacement for Pete Dougherty, who resigned earlier this month to become Jefferson County Sheriff.

Board member Scott Sudduth said the four current board members plan to discuss the vacancy in executive session on Monday just prior to the board’s regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. at the board office at 110 Mordington Ave. in Charles Town.

“It’s possible we will learn that we are not ready to make an appointment and the item for the regular board meeting would then be pulled from the agenda,” Sudduth said.

If that’s the case, Sudduth said, he’d expect to hear Board President Gary Kable outline the board’s next steps during the regular session.

Dougherty, who served on the school board for a quarter-century, was board president in mid-March when the Jefferson County Commission selected him to become sheriff through the 2014 election.

With his resignation, Kable moved up from the vice president’s position.

Dougherty has said he’ll seek a term as sheriff in his own right next year. He took over the sheriff’s office following a tumultuous period in which then-Sheriff Bobby Shirley was indicted on federal charges that he beat a bank robbery suspect in 2010.

The charges were announced just after Shirley won the May primary over fellow Democrat and former Sheriff Ed Boober.

In November, despite a trial set to begin in early 2013, Jefferson County voters elected Shirley to a second term. In January, Shirley accepted a plea agreement and resigned the job.

Doughtery and 15 others applied to replace him.

– Christine Miller Ford

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