Harrison attended the meeting with his daughter and at least a dozen other deputies. He told commissioners he didn't have any political aspirations.
"I won't have any control over her," Harrison said. "I'm not asking anyone to give her anything -- she's earned it."
Commissioners agreed to waive the rule for Valiquette since she had moved from out of state to take the job and been recommended by the Civil Service Commission. They also said they would study the policy further.
In 1997, county commissioners decided not to hire Stewart Mynes as a sheriff's deputy, because his father, Frank, was already a deputy. Then-Putnam Sheriff Stan Farley had recommended the younger Mynes for the position, and Mynes scored well on a Civil Service examination.
Mynes sued the commission, calling the nepotism policy "overbroad," which resulted in its most recent update.
In other business Tuesday, Deweese told commissioners he was applying for a $50,000 state Juvenile Accountability Block Grant to hire a prevention resource officer at Poca High School.
The grant would require the county to match some of any amount awarded. Deweese said if the grant were approved he also would ask the school board to contribute.
One officer now splits his time between Buffalo and Poca. Hurricane and Winfield high schools have separate officers.
Deweese said so far this school year Poca has had 665 behavioral incidents, which he described as "nondestructive classroom behavior."
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