Sheriff’s department opens substation at West Liberty University

SUBSTATION — Shown at the new Ohio County Sheriff’s Department substation at West Liberty University are, from left, WLU campus police Chief Joe Montemurro; university President Stephen Greiner; Sheriff Tom Howard; and Chief Deputy John Schultz. -- Contributed

WEST LIBERTY — Just in time for the new school year, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department has established a substation on the West Liberty University campus.

“We welcome Sheriff Tom Howard and his deputies to campus and are pleased to have the new substation operational,” said WLU President Stephen Greiner after finalizing the arrangement. “It adds even more strength to our reputation as one of the safest campuses in the region.”

The substation is on Faculty Drive in the WLU Annex building.

“This new partnership is a big asset for us working in the campus police office daily and adds another level of safety to campus life for our students and staff,” said WLU Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety Joseph Montemurro.

The substation is a fully operational office, where officers can perform interviews and complete arrests.

It also offers office space with Wi-Fi for deputies needing to complete paperwork and documents.

“We will utilize the space when conducting business in that part of the county, and we are grateful to have it,” said Howard. “Our other substation is located at the Highlands Shopping Complex, and it saves our deputies a lot of travel time.”

Howard and Chief Deputy John Schultz are graduates of WLU. Schultz also has two children who attend WLU.

“We are pleased to be part of this new initiative and look forward to being present on WLU’s campus this fall,” Howard said.

Move-in weekend for students is Aug. 24-26. Classes start Aug. 25 at the Highlands Center and Aug. 27 on the main campus.

WLU employs six full-time officers and 11 part-time officers in its campus police department. The police office is in the lower level of Shaw Hall and can be reached by calling (304) 336-8021.