Shawn Campbell

Running For Magistrate
Shawn L. Campbell was appointed to the position of Magistrate – Division IV in October of 2021 by the Chief Circuit Judge of Fayette County following the retirement of long-standing Magistrate, Sharon McGraw.  Magistrate Campbell is a lifelong resident of Fayette County, born and raised in Ansted.  Campbell is married to Alicia Bracken Campbell of Gauley Bridge for almost 20 years. Magistrate Campbell currently lives in the Fayetteville area. His hobbies include trout fishing, traveling, bowling, spending time with his wife and pets, and woodworking.  Campbell’s woodworking projects are frequently donated to local charities such breast cancer walks, town festivals, autism support animals, families of fallen officers, and others.  During times of weather-related crisis, Campbell volunteered to deliver food, water, and cleaning supplies across the county and aided in staging warming stations and emergency shelters.  Following the 2001 floods, Campbell participated in water rescue efforts with Oak Hill and Mount Hope fire departments, conducted roaming damage assessment, and volunteered to aid in clearing roadway obstructions.  He also on several occasions flew with crews with both the WV Army National Guard and Air National Guard for Bridge Day Security, missing/lost person search and rescue along with recovery missions in Kiowa’s, Blackhawks and the new Lakotas. 

Magistrate Campbell is a graduate of Midland Trail High School, and subsequently attended both West Virginia University Institute of Technology and Concord College.  Campbell holds a degree in Applied Science from Bridgevalley CTC.   His wife Alicia is a graduate of Gauley Bridge High School, and currently holds 2 degrees from Mountain State University.  Alicia has worked in the higher education field for nearly 20 years, and briefly in the healthcare administration field.  

Magistrate Campbell is a retired Captain-law enforcement officer after protecting and serving the citizens of all areas of Fayette County for nearly 22 years consecutively. Campbell is a recipient of the Law Enforcement Achievement Award from the Fraternal Order of Police. Campbell also served as a firefighter for 9 years with the Ansted Volunteer Fire Department.  While serving Fayette County in this capacity Campbell was responsible for.

*  Patrolling all areas of Fayette County, conducting criminal investigations of all natures, supervising personnel, court security, civil process service, and all other related job duties required of a law enforcement officer.  

* Federal and State Grant Management:  grant opportunities obtained by Campbell funded projects such as a large court security initiative, body armor and protective equipment, technology/computer/multimedia upgrades, the creation of the Special Response Team, the creation of the Precision Rifle/Observer Team, mobile crime scene unit, all-terrain vehicles, aerial photography drones, ECD units, thermal imaging devices, transmittable disease protection, medical trauma kits, and many other projects. 

* First co-member of Fayette County to be trained and certified in the Project LifeSaver Program: currently this program provides tracking devices for persons with cognitive disabilities who are prone to wandering.  The program allows Deputy Sheriffs and first responders to quickly deploy and track the participants using specialized RF equipment to aid in a safe rescue/recovery.   

*  Campbell received Instructor Development Course certification through the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Clarksburg CJIS division.  

* Campbell received a certification in law enforcement thermography through LETA as instructed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)- St. Louis, Missouri.  The thermal imaging equipment had a wide variety of uses including searching for missing/lost persons and pets and other emergency services related issues.  

* Campbell served as a Field Training Officer for approximately 12 years: responsible for the readiness of Deputy Sheriffs to work independently following the program completion. 

*  Campbell was tasked with revising outdated departmental policies and drafting new policies to align with technological advances and legal updates and amendments prior to administrative approval.  

* Campbell served with the Special Response Team for 10 years after securing the funding for the creation of the unit in 2004.  Campbell also served as instructor for special weapons and tactics, training many other officers in the state, as well as U.S. Marshals while occupying this role.  Campbell received this certification through NASTA located in Columbus, Ohio.  

* Campbell served as a precision rifle/observer team member after securing funding for the team’s creation, and subsequently was approved as an instructor by the State after becoming certified by the president of the ASA in Avon Park, Florida in 2010.  

*  Campbell was previously sworn in with the U.S. Marshals “CUFFED” task force. 

* Campbell received training and certifications such as personnel supervision, response to active shooter, gang specialist certification, emergency medical trauma, crime scene and forensic processing, National Incident Management System Level 300, HazMat, commercial vehicle criminal interdiction, courtroom testimony, courses by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Institute, and many others.  

*  Campbell frequently attended board meetings of the Bridge Day planning commission, Fayette County Drug Court program, emergency planning with the National Guard facility in Glen Jean, special event security planning with Summit Bechtel Reserve, security planning with the Gene Spadaro Center and security pre-plan briefs for all Fayette County Schools (older legacy version), and many others. 


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