Introduced Version House Resolution 42 History

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(By Delegates Moore, Boggs, Ashley, Azinger, Frazier, Hutchins, Iaquinta, Longstreth, Marshall, Morgan, Moye, Porter and Swartzmiller)

Recognizing and honoring David L. Lemmon, Sr. for his many years of service and dedication to the West Virginia State Police and the citizens of the State of West Virginia.

Whereas, David Lemmon is a West Virginia native, born in Morgantown, and graduated from Morgantown High School. After high school he went on to join the Navy and served with distinction for four years in the Pacific; and
Whereas, After returning from his tour of duty, he entered the State Police Academy and officially joined the department in 1955. Over his more than 30 years with the West Virginia State Police, David Lemmon served as a detachment commander, a sergeant and lieutenant for South Charleston and a major in internal affairs; and
Whereas, David Lemmon was promoted to Deputy Superintendent and served in that position until his retirement in 1987; and
Whereas, During his retirement David Lemmon remained an active participant within law enforcement, serving on numerous committees, the most notable of which worked to establish a program for eradicating methamphetamine labs within West Virginia; and
Whereas, In 2005, Governor Manchin appointed David Lemmon as superintendent of the West Virginia State Police. Under his command, the state police focused more on drug diversion tactics with pharmaceutical crimes, created an insurance commission to deter fraud and started a sex offender registry as well as a Child Protective Unit which launched in 2006; and
Whereas, At the time of his retirement the Child Protective Unit has interviewed 464 victims of child abuse and had made 1,071 felony arrests involving crimes against children. Also during his tenure as superintendent, felony arrests were up by 7,000 since he took office four years prior; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the House of Delegates hereby recognizes and honors David L. Lemmon, Sr. for his many years of service and dedication to the West Virginia State Police and the citizens of the State of West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to David L. Lemmon, Sr. and the Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police.
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