Command Staff

WPD Command Staff

Chief Shawn Schwertfeger Chief Shawn Schwertfeger.jpg

R. Shawn Schwertfeger has been the Chief of Police in Wheeling, West Virginia since June 2012.

An Ohio Valley native, Chief Schwertfeger graduated from John Marshall High School in 1984 and West Liberty University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice/Business Administration in 1989.

Prior to joining the Wheeling Police Department, Chief Schwertfeger served as a Captain in the Albemarle County Police Department in Virginia and retired after 21 years of service.

During his career in Virginia, he held many assignments including patrol officer, detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. Specific assignments included Crimes Against Persons Unit, SWAT operator and commander, Crisis Negotiations Unit operator and commander and Public Information Officer.

Specific commands included Patrol Divisions, Community Support Division, Traffic and Internal Affairs. He retired with the rank of Bureau Commander, and was responsible for 120 personnel and 4 divisions.

Chief Schwertfeger is a strong advocate for continuing professional development and is a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond, and a 2009 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He holds board memberships with West Virginia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the Sexual Assault Help Center in Wheeling and the Family Violence Prevention Program with the YWCA in Wheeling.

Chief Schwertfeger has been married to his wife for 25 years and have a daughter.

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East District Commander

Lieutenant Ken Prager joined the Wheeling Police Department in April 2004. For the past 15 years, Lt. Prager has been a part of the department’s patrol division, serving many different beats.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2014, where he currently serves as the Charlie shift commander as well as the city’s East District Commander.

The east district encompasses the city east of the Wheeling Tunnel, including: Fulton, Woodsdale/Edgewood, Plesanton, Oakmont, Dimmydale, Park View and Elm Grove.

Lt. Kevin Kettler
South District Commander

Lieutenant Kevin Kettler is the South District Commander and Shift Commander of the Wheeling Police Department’s alpha shift. Lt. Kevin Kettler.jpg

Lt. Kettler has served the citizens of Wheeling in his capacity as a police officer since he joined the department in September 2002. He attended the West Virginia State Police Academy in 2003, graduating with the 117th basic class.

A Wheeling native, Lt. Kettler graduated from The Linsly School in 1995, later earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Washington and Jefferson College in 1999.

In addition to his command duties, Lt. Kettler has been a defensive tactics instructor since 2006, after attending the FBI's defensive tactics instructor class, an intensive two-week training course. In 2007, he became a certified taser instructor.

Prior to being promoted to Lieutenant in August 2016, Lt. Kettler served as a defensive tactics instructor, taser instructor and a field training officer for new officers.

Among his duties as the south district commander, he is responsible for everything south of the suspension bridge, and responsible for designing patrol operations for officers to combat crime and improve the quality of life for the residents in that district.

Lt. Kettler does homeless outreach with Project Hope, an organization that provides services, such as medical check-ups and finding permanent housing for the homeless population in Wheeling.

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North District Commander

Lieutenant Micah Zinn joined the Wheeling Police Department in June 2000 and graduated from the 109 th Basic Class of the West Virginia State Police Academy.

Lt. Zinn serves as the bravo shift commander and the department’s North District Commander, overseeing crime trends and activity from 10 th Street in downtown north, which includes North Wheeling, Warwood and Wheeling Island.

Prior to being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in June 2017, he served on WPD’s crash reconstruction unit for 12 years.

Lt. William Noice
Training Coordinator & Fleet Manager

Lieutenant William Noice is the Training Coordinator and Fleet Manager for the Wheeling Police Department. Lt. William Noice.jpg

Prior to joining the police department in October 1999, Lt. Noice served in the United States Marine Corps and continues to serve with the West Virginia Army National Guard and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

As the training coordinator, Lt. Noice ensures all officers of the Wheeling Police Department meets or exceed their required annual in-service training hours, submits proof of training attended out of the area, and attempts to bring training to the local area.

During his time at the Wheeling Police Department, Lt. Noice worked as a patrol officer, shift supervisor and had the opportunity to serve as a “Fellowship Officer” at the West Virginia State Police Academy.

His other duties have included being a member of the SWAT team since 2002, and a Firearms Instructor since 2005. Lt. Noice also has been trained as a bicycle officer, field training officer, marine unit boat operator and qualified as a hazmat technician.

Lt. Noice graduated from the FBI Academy, a prestigious training for law enforcement in June 2018.