|WPD Command Staff||
Chief Shawn Schwertfeger
R. Shawn Schwertfeger became Wheeling, West Virginia’s Chief of Police in 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.
Deputy Chief Martin Kimball
Deputy Chief Martin Kimball is originally from New Jersey and is a proud 36-year veteran of the Wheeling Police Department.
He currently serves as the Deputy Chief of the patrol division and special operations. He supervises all four uniformed shifts along with the K-9 division, SWAT team, crisis negotiation team, traffic division, training division and highway safety. He is also in charge of meeting the security needs for all special events the police department is involved with in Wheeling. This includes festivals, races, Independence Day celebration, the Wheeling Christmas parade and the West Virginia Super 6 Football Championships.
Deputy Chief Kimball is a 1972 graduate of Wheeling High School and a 1976 graduate of West Virginia University with a B.S. degree in business administration.
He started his career with the WPD in August of 1981 with many different job assignments and was assigned to the drug task force. He was a Lieutenant / shift commander for 13 years before being appointed as the Wheeling Police Department’s first ever Deputy Chief in 2010.
He is a firm believer that citizens and police must work together to provide a safe community, and insists that all officers treat citizens with fairness and respect at all times.
Lt. Ken Prager
East District Commander
Lieutenant Ken Prager joined the Wheeling Police Department in April 2004. For the past 13 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. 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.
Lt. Micah Zinn
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.
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.
Sgt. Gregg McKenzie
Sergeant Gregg McKenzie is a 23-year veteran with the Wheeling Police Department.
Since February of 2012, he has served as the Investigations Commander within the department. As commander, Sgt. McKenzie assigns all follow-up cases, oversees evidence, and works hand in hand with the Ohio County Prosecutor’s office on cases spanning from thefts to homicides.
After joining the department as a patrolman in October 1994, Sgt. McKenzie attended the West Virginia State Police Academy, graduating in July 1995. Sgt. McKenzie worked his way up the ranks, eventually joining the investigations department in July 2007.
Through years of experience patrolling downtown/East Wheeling and later investigating cases, Sgt. McKenzie has learned that treating people with fairness and respect is crucial to the job.
On a daily basis, Sgt. McKenzie works for the citizens of Wheeling by removing thousands of pounds of prescription drugs from their communities. For the past few years, his working relationship with the Ohio County Community Impact Coalition has helped curb a growing epidemic in the state.
Sgt. McKenzie is a certified bicycle officer with the Wheeling Police Department as well as a member of the Background and Recruitment Team. He has received countless hours of training's such as gangs, hate crimes, financial crimes, homicide and crime scene management, interview and interrogation to name a few.
An Ohio native and proud graduate of Beaver Local High School, Sgt. McKenzie is honored to serve the City of Wheeling; a community he's called home for the past two decades.
Sgt. William Nolan, Jr.
Office of Professional Standards
Sergeant William Nolan started his career with the Wheeling Police Department in October of 1990.
Sgt. Nolan graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy as a certified law enforcement officer in August of 1991. During the past 27 years, Sgt. Nolan has served the citizens of Wheeling in the Patrol Division as a patrol officer and shift supervisor. He has obtained certifications as a Child Safety Seat Technician, Field Training Officer (FTO) and was assigned as the liaison officer for the Wheeling Island Crime Watch program until September of 2012.
In September 2012, Chief Shawn Schwertfeger appointed Sgt. Nolan as the first full time Officer of Professional Standards (OPS) for the Wheeling Police Department. As the OPS Officer, it is Sgt. Nolan’s duties to investigate all citizen complaints that are filed against Wheeling Police Officers.
Additionally, Sgt. Nolan’s other duties include writing and revising department policies, assimilating newly appointed probationary Police Officers into the Wheeling Police Department, assisting with the administration of the FTO program and he is also in charge of the Uniform Committee, which oversees issued department uniforms and duty gear, amongst other duties or department needs.
Sgt. Nolan is a native of Montclair New Jersey, moving to the Wheeling area in December of 1976. He is a 1982 graduate of The Linsly Institute and attended West Virginia University and West liberty University before becoming a Wheeling Police Officer.