WEIRTON - The Weirton Police Department added a new member to its ranks as Matt Lelless was sworn in as a probationary officer with the department Wednesday.
Friends, family and members of the Weirton Police Department gathered at the Weirton City Building for a swearing in ceremony to welcome Lelless to the new position.
Mayor George Kondik said the police department is a valuable resource for the community and having young individuals interested in law enforcement is an integral part of the police department and the city as a whole.
SWORN IN — The Weirton Police Department added a new member to its ranks Wednesday as Matt Lelless was sworn in to the position of probationary officer with the department. Lelless, standing center to the right of Mayor George Kondik and surrounded by friends and family, is the son of Steubenville Police Detective John Lelless. -- Angelina Dickson
"I think Matt brings a lot to the table with his family and educational background," he said. "I believe his dedication to his family and the city will be an asset for us and I'm proud to welcome him to the city."
Lelless said he has always wanted to be a police officer. He attended West Liberty University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and has been looking around for an opportunity to get hired on as an officer.
"Weirton is a great city," said Lelless. "I've heard it's a great city to work, live and raise a family and I'm looking forward to having a long career here."
Weirton Police Chief Bruce Marshall said the department is excited to have Lelless become a part of the team. He said Lelless comes from a police family with his father, John Lelless, being a Steubenville police detective.
"He's going to fit right in with us," said Marshall noting Lelless will be going to the West Virginia State Police Academy in April.
(Dickson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)