Logan hires former WVSP trooper as new police chief
PAUL ADKINS, Sports Editor
Banner Staff Report
The City of Logan has appointed E.K. Harper as its newest police chief.
Harper, a former West Virginia State Police trooper, is at least the fourth police chief the city has had in the past five or six years.
Harper replaces acting Chief David White, who replaced former Chief Les Goldie, who in turn had replaced White when he resigned after then Mayor Claude Ellis said he planned to removed White.
White had been appointed by the city council to replace Chipper Porter who had resigned as chief. Porter originally had replaced David Adkins who had been the previous chief under Mayor Tom Esposito, but was replaced when Mayor Harry Ruloff took office.
Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti made the announcement on Wednesday during the city council meeting, saying Harper will replace White, who will assume the sergeant's position with the department.
"During the interview process Harper exceeded our expectations," Mayor Nolletti said, referring to Harper as an "old school" trooper, who is aware of some of the problems the city is facing.
"His experience in police work is outstanding. I feel with Harper's extensive background and history in the police field that his qualifications will lead he department and the protection of the city of Logan in the right direction."
Harper is a retired West Virginia State Police Sergeant with more than two decades of experience. During his career he was a field officer stationed in Madison and Glasgow and a member of the Major Crimes Unit in South Charleston and detachment commander in Madison as well as Assistant Logistics Officer for troops 4 and 5 in South Charleston.
Harper's training and education background includes Undercover Investigations from North Western University; Marijuana Eradication from the US Department of Justice; Drug Eradication from the US Department of Justice; Criminal Patrol Drug Enforcement from the University of Florida; Arson for Profit Investigation from the US Department of the Treasury; Supervision of Police Officers Training from North Western University; and Aerial Eradication of Marijuana training from the Army National Guard.
The new chief and his wife Patricia (a retired school teacher from Scott High School) have three children. Their daughter is a teacher and their two sons are WVSP troopers. The Harpers reside in Boone County.
Ironically, when The Logan Banner asked Mayor Nolletti last week when he was going to appoint a new chief, he said he wasn't sure if he was going to hire a new chief to replace White.
"We may just leave things the way they are," he said only days before appointing Harper.
Reports of Harper's pending hiring have circulated in the city for weeks. Only five candidates applied for the job, with three of those being Logan City Policemen and one other candidate was from Mingo County.
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