H. B. 2799
(By Delegates Amores, Faircloth, DeLong, Pino,
Smirl, Stemple and Webster
(Originating in the Committee on Finance)
[February 14, 2003]
A BILL to amend article two, chapter fifteen of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated section fifty-one,
relating to the West Virginia state police and the
reemployment of recently retired troopers.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article two, chapter fifteen of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section fifty-
one, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE.
§15-2-51. State police reemployment.
(a) The Legislature finds:
(1) That the West Virginia state police is currently suffering
from an unacceptably high number of vacant trooper positions, and
that given the time factors and expense associated with the hiring
and training of personnel with no prior law-enforcement experience, it is in the interest of the state to reemploy recently retired
troopers in order to fill vacant positions;
(2) That no pension rights of any kind shall accrue or attach
pursuant to reemployment under this section;
(3) That the state police shall bear no responsibility for
medical payments for work related injuries or illnesses of
employees hired pursuant to this section, other than those commonly
associated with state employees covered by workers' compensation.
(b) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the
contrary, any member of the West Virginia state police honorably
retired pursuant to the provisions of section twenty-seven of this
article between the first day of December, one thousand nine
hundred ninety-seven and the first day of December, two thousand
two, may, at the discretion of the superintendent, be reemployed
subject to the provisions of this section.
(c) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the
contrary, any honorably retired member of the state police who
qualifies for reemployment pursuant to the provisions of this
section and who is not currently certified as a law-enforcement
officer under section five, article twenty-nine, chapter thirty of
this code may be deemed to have met the entry level law-enforcement
recertification requirements of 149 CSR 215, Section 15.3, upon
successful completion of a course of instruction prescribed by the
superintendent. Such course of instruction shall include at a
minimum the following subject areas: Firearms training and
certification, defensive driving, mechanics of arrest, law of arrest search and seizure, West Virginia motor vehicle law,
criminal law update, and domestic crimes.
(d) Any member reemployed pursuant to the provisions of this
section shall hold the nonsupervisory rank of corporal and shall
receive the same compensation as a regularly enlisted member of the
same rank. For purposes of determining length of service pursuant
to section five of this article, any member reemployed pursuant to
this section shall receive credit for all years of service accrued
prior to their retirement, as well as service rendered after
reemployment. Any member reemployed pursuant to this section shall
exercise the same authority as a regularly enlisted member of the
state police, shall wear the same uniform and insignia, shall be
subject to the same oath, shall execute the same bond, shall
exercise the same powers and shall be subject to the same
limitations as a regularly enlisted member of the state police.
(e) Any member reemployed pursuant to the provisions of this
section shall not be eligible for promotion or reclassification of
any type, nor shall he or she be eligible for appointment to
temporary rank pursuant to the provisions of section four of this
(f) Any reemployment offered subject to the provisions of this
section shall be for a period not exceeding five years from the
effective date of this section.
(g) Any retired member applying for reemployment under this
section shall be required to pass such mental and physical
examinations, and meet such other requirements as may be provided for in rules promulgated by the superintendent pursuant to this
(h) Notwithstanding the provisions of section ten of this
article, the superintendent shall make provisions for coverage of
personnel employed pursuant to this section by the workers'
compensation division, bureau of employment programs. In the event
a member reemployed pursuant to this section sustains an illness or
injury which is work related in origin, any cost associated with
the treatment of same shall be defrayed in this manner and not from
state police funds.
(i) In the event a work related illness or injury, as
described within subsection (h) above, renders a member of the
division employed pursuant to the provisions of this section
permanently physically or mentally disabled, the provisions of
subsections (a) and (b), section twenty-nine of this article shall
apply, and the member's existing pension shall be recalculated as
though the disabling event had occurred coincident with the
member's original retirement. Any change in benefits resulting
from this recalculation shall not be retroactive in nature. The
provisions of subsection (c), section twenty-nine of this article
shall not apply with respect to payments for medical, surgical,
laboratory, X-ray, hospital, ambulance and dental expenses and
fees. Neither shall the provisions of this subsection apply in the
event the member is disabled due to some cause or event which is
determined not to be work related.
(j) Any individual reemployed pursuant to this section is not eligible to contribute to any pension plan administered by the
consolidated public retirement board, nor may he or she establish
or accrue any new pension eligibility pursuant to such
(k) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the
contrary, any member reemployed pursuant to this section shall
serve at the will and pleasure of the superintendent, and is
subject to termination without cause. Any member reemployed
pursuant to this section shall not be included in the classified
service of the civil service system.
(l) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the
contrary, compensation paid to any member reemployed pursuant to
this section shall be in addition to any retirement payments or
pension benefits which he or she is already entitled to receive
under section twenty-seven of this article.