New officers are sworn in

WEIRTON – The City of Weirton welcomed three new probationary patrol officers to the Weirton Police Department Monday.

Shawn A. Smith, Megan L. Kadish and Thomas F. Poe Jr. took the oath of office at the Municipal Building in front of an audience of officials, fellow police officers and Weirton residents.

Kadish, 22, grew up in Pittsburgh and spent three years in the U.S. Army as a military police officer.

Poe, 34, was raised in Bellaire and attended West Liberty University. During his career, he has worked as a U.S. Capitol Police officer, an executive protection security officer for Mountaineer, a Federal Bureau of Prisons correction officer and, most recently, as a personal trainer in California. Poe currently is in the process of moving back to the Weirton area from the West Coast.

“It will be good to be back in the valley where I’m from. This is home to me,” he said.

Another Ohio Valley native, Smith, 33, spent five years in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman and worked as a paramedic and firefighter for more than 15 years, three of which were spent in Charleston. He is also a pastor and life long member of First Christian Church in Steubenville.

“I’m looking forward to serving the people of Weirton. It will be a nice change for me,” Smith commented.