Kanawha Sheriff Johnny Rutherford and other officials interview candidates to learn why they want to become deputies. They are looking at their character, Crosier said, and to ensure they have nothing to hide.
"We look really deep into their backgrounds to make sure there's no violation of law that might prohibit them from becoming deputies," he said.
Top candidates receive a psychological exam to determine their attitude under stressful situations and undergo more fitness testing.
"We have four vacancies to hire immediately," he said. "The sooner we can get them in the better."
Those four would go before the Kanawha County Commission for formal acceptance into the Sheriff's Department. Candidates with no previous law enforcement background would require 16 weeks of training at the West Virginia State Police Academy.
Crosier is optimistic that the four deputies would be found from the 55 that passed their physicals Saturday.
"We have a really good pool to choose from," he said.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.