West Virginia University names first female police chief

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Sherry St. Clair has become the first female chief of West Virginia University’s police department.

St. Clair was selected from among more than 50 candidates, the university said in a news release. She replaces W.P. Chedester, who stepped down earlier this year for health reasons.

St. Clair became a WVU police officer in 1994 while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Fairmont State University. She completed training at the West Virginia State Police Academy in 1995. She was named the department’s first female captain in 2018.

“My passion for the department, WVU and the Morgantown community runs deep, and I look forward to leading University Police,” St. Clair said in the statement. “I’ve served in several roles in this department, always with an eye on keeping our students, faculty, staff and the entire campus community safe and engaged in safe activities.”