John Brookover is Wetzel County's new sheriff.
The Democrat Brookover captured 4,520 votes to best Independent candidate Jeffrey Jarrell, who received 771. Brookover had been sworn in as chief deputy in October after Sheriff James Hoskins resigned and Mike Koontz was appointed to serve in the interim.
Brookover, 64, 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 said his 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 faces some financial challenges as he enters the office. Koontz recently appeared before the county commission to discuss a variety of issues he had encountered, including payment of outstanding bills.
Koontz said he had been paying many invoices, including one dating back to November 2011 and another for more than $6,000.
Hoskins' resignation came amid concerns over alleged neglect of some of his administrative duties over the past year, according to commission President Donald Mason.
"Some of our vendors weren't being paid in a timely manner," Mason previously said, noting there was ample money in the department's budget to cover those expenses.
Wetzel County voters also chose William D. Aberegg as a board of education member.
He earned 1,863 votes compared to 1,330 for Christopher Baker, 764 for Mary Kay Milliken and 977 for Sherry Lemasters Bachman.
Only one non-partisan seat on the board was up for grabs.