RIPLEY - Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs has welcomed three new law enforcement officers into his department—Deputy Sheriffs Julia Williams and Brandon Williams and Court Officer Benjamin DeWees.

Julia Williams come to Jackson County from Ritchie County by way of Clarksburg.

A criminal justice graduate, Williams taught high school English before returning to her dream of becoming a law enforcement officer. “It’s always been my dream to be a cop,” said Williams. “I was interested in drug interdiction like with the DEA.”

Previous law enforcement jobs for Williams have included stints at the North Central Regional Jail and as a corrections officer with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

Williams is looking forward to all aspects of her new job as a deputy sheriff, and will be the first female deputy from Jackson County to attend the West Virginia State Police Academy next month.

Brandon Williams of Kenna is a 2012 graduate of Ripley High School, where he was active in FFA. He is working on a degree in criminal justice at WVU-P, and responded to a Jackson Newspapers ad for the deputy position in his home county.

New Jackson County Court Officer Benjamin DeWees is a Ripley High School graduate, where he played baseball and golf;  and graduated from WVU-P in 2012 with an associate degree in criminal justice.

“Law enforcement is my blood, I guess,” said DeWees, whose father is former Chief Deputy, now Jackson Circuit Clerk Bruce DeWees. Other family members have also worked in law enforcement capacities, as well.

“As a court officer, you wear a lot of hats,” said DeWees, “baliff, home confinement officer, office worker, etc.