BUCKHANNON — Bryan S. Hinkle took the Oath of Office as the new Prosecuting Attorney for Upshur County on Wednesday afternoon. Circuit Judge Jacob Reger swore him in at the courthouse for the position that he will effectively fill on November 30, upon the retirement of David Godwin.
With his right hand raised in affirmation, Hinkle swore to support the Constitutions of the United States and the State of West Virginia, and to faithfully discharge the duties as the Prosecuting Attorney of Upshur County.
Judge Reger congratulated Hinkle on his appointment as the county’s new chief law enforcer and sincerely stated, “I look forward to working with you.”
Hinkle was very humble and pleased to accept the position and said with an air of excitement, “This is an opportunity I have been waiting for for some time.”
He acknowledged that a busy month of December awaits him, as he will officially assume his new role on Monday. Hinkle began his legal career in Upshur County, so he is already familiar with many of the local law enforcement officers and said he has a good working relationship with the current assistants. He added, “I’m ready to get back to where I started out here.
Hinkle will have to run for office and be elected to maintain his new position as Prosecutor next year, but said he looks forward to a successful campaign.