John Brookover will be Wetzel County's next sheriff.
Brookover was one of four Democrats seeking the office Tuesday.
He received 1,563 votes to defeat current Chief Deputy Rob Haught with 1,187; Mark Eller, who captured 367; and Jeff Montgomery with 132.
Brookover, 64, recently retired from sheriff's department after 26 years as a deputy. He is a 1966 graduate of Magnolia High and served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam. He is a graduate of the State Police Academy. Brookover's main goal is to protect and serve the public.
"I believe I treated the citizens of the county with respect and honesty," said Brookover, who said he gained knowledge, training and experience as a deputy who served under four different sheriffs. "I will do the best I can."
Brookover will succeed current Sheriff James Hoskins, who is term limited. Hoskins made an unsuccessful bid for county assessor in Tuesday's primary.