Deweese beat out Lett, currently the police chief in Kenova and a former federal agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency and State Police trooper. He will replace Sheriff Mark Smith, who has served the maximum eight years in office.
"I'm just kind of in awe right now -- surprised and shocked. I'm thankful and grateful the citizens selected me to lead the department for the next four years. I think I've run a strong campaign," Deweese said.
Skidmore, of Poca, will join fellow Republicans Joe Haynes and Steve Andes on the county commission. He believes his financial expertise will assist the budget process. He's the vice president of Passero Financial Group in Hurricane and believes the county's budget will soon change because Putnam's growth has slowed.
He said commissioners' decision earlier this year to raise the county's fire fee, which hadn't been increased in more than 20 years, was necessary, but he wants to monitor how the money is spent.
Skidmore defeated Casto, who is well known by county officials since he's been head of the county's maintenance department. Skidmore won more than 60 percent of the vote.
Tillis decided not to run for re-election. He had served one term in office.
"I'm just excited to get into office and into that position and serve the residents of Putnam County," Skidmore said in a telephone call. He was watching the results come in on his computer at home. "I want to be a voice for business in the county."
Hayes kept her seat as assessor by defeating Arthur, her former boss, who served as assessor from 1997 through 2008.
Arthur had accused Hayes of playing favorites with employees who supported her in the last election, which she won by about 200 votes.
"I've had four years to prove myself and I'm honored they've elected me to another four, and I'm not going to let them down," she said.
During her campaign, Hayes touted the advances she's made in the office by organizing and separating the personal property, real estate and mapping departments, which has allowed quicker service for taxpayers.
Putnam Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia will begin his fifth term in office in January. He ran unopposed.
Magistrate candidates Linda Hunt, Kylene Brown and Scot Lawrence, all Republicans, also didn't face any opposition Tuesday. Hunt and Brown are incumbents, and Lawrence unseated incumbent Kim Blair in the May primary.
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