Sheriff Steve Deweese
Sheriff Steve Deweese began his law enforcement career with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department as a Correction’s Officer on April 1, 1990 until the jail closure on September 30, 1996. He graduated from West Liberty Corrections Academy in June 1990. Steve became a Deputy Sheriff in November 1997 and graduated from the State Police Academy in the spring 1998 with the 99th Basic Class. Since that time, Steve has completed many schools to include Accident Investigation Level 1, and a certified instructor for Law Enforcement and military within many fields.
Steve has worked in the Home Confinement, Road Patrol, and Domestic Violence, to include the Special Response Team. Steve has conducted over fifty-five law enforcement trainings within the State of West Virginia and has attended over eight National Conferences in Domestic Violence. Steve has a degree in Corporate Leadership through Mountain State University. Sheriff Deweese is a member of the West Virginia Army National Guard, where he currently serves as Sergeant Major at Joint Force Headquarters in Coonskin, WV. Steve was deployed to combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II & VI.
Law Enforcement Awards
- 2005 Blue Mass Award- outstanding officer within the tri-state area by the Secretary of State’s office.
- 2008 Certificate of Merit- outstanding service to Putnam County citizens from Governors Committee.
- 2017- Law Enforcement Commendation Medal- Awarded by The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Military Awards & Decorations
- Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
- Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
- Combat Action Badge
- Order of Saint George Bronze Medallion and 18 other Federal and State awards/medals
Sheriff Deweese is a life-long resident of Putnam County, and he is currently serving the first year of his second term as the Sheriff of Putnam County.