KINGWOOD — Preston County’s latest Justice of the Peace was sworn in Friday afternoon.
Peggy Pase was sworn in by Circuit Court docket Choose Stephen Shaffer. She’s going to end the time period left vacant by the September demise of Cindy Diann McCrobie, who was elected in 2022.
“I’ve a ardour for regulation and I believed it was a time for a profession change,” Pase mentioned.” I’ve been working in Baby Protecting Companies for 3 years. I cherished the job, but it surely’s time to serve my neighborhood in a distinct method.”
Baby Protecting Companies (CPS) is answerable for the evaluation, investigation and intervention concerning circumstances of kid abuse and neglect, together with sexual abuse. CPS sometimes takes circumstances the place a toddler has been abused or is believed to be prone to abuse by somebody who has care-giving duties for that little one.
Pase mentioned she thought-about operating for Justice of the Peace over the last election however didn’t wish to depart the youngsters she was working with at the moment.
“I’m nonetheless nervous about leaving my present job,” she mentioned. “However I’ve a grasp’s in authorized research, and that is the place my coronary heart is.”
Pase is coaching in Charleston this week.
She mentioned as soon as she completes that coaching she will likely be doing digital coaching and dealing with the opposite magistrates within the Preston County Justice of the Peace Workplace.
Pase graduated from Central Preston Senior Excessive in 1986. She labored as a Union laborer for 18 years. Pase earned her bachelor’s diploma in authorized Research from West Virginia College at Parkersburg and her grasp’s diploma in authorized research from Washington College Faculty of Regulation.
Earlier than her resignation, Pase held the workplace of secretary on the Preston County Strong Waste Authority.
Circuit Choose Stephen Shaffer mentioned Pase will likely be “an ideal addition” to the Justice of the Peace’s workplace. He mentioned she is a tough employee and a devoted employee and labored as an intern in his regulation workplace for six or eight months.