Sheriff Nathan Harmon is passionate about protecting the people of West Virginia. Serving the public and defending the rights of others have been a constant in his life. After college he enlisted and as a Marine he found that tactics associated with Public Safety, Special Forces and acting as part of the Special Response Team was an environment in which he excelled! After the Marine Corp. the transition to law enforcement seemed natural so he became a Trooper with the WV State Police in Martinsburg. It was there he began to make an impact on fighting drugs in the Eastern Panhandle. Sheriff Harmon was part of the several special teams such as: US Marshall Fugitive Recovery Task Force, Crime Scene Response Specialist Team, SWAT Team and was named the Marijuana Eradication Officer the Eastern Panhandle. His hard work did not go unnoticed. Out of over 600 State Troopers he was named Trooper of the Year in 2001 for his dedication to the citizens of the community.
After the State Police, Sheriff Harmon became a Municipal officer in Morgantown, later becoming the Chief of Police in Rivesville. Sheriff Harmon transitioned to Private Security and traveled overseas to Iraq and worked protection details for US Ambassadors. Later in New York City protecting Fortune 500 Companies and their families.
When Sheriff Harmon returned from his work overseas and in New York, he began instructing, passing on his knowledge to help keep others safe. He taught tactics, firearms, security and protection. Sheriff Harmon was part of the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program run by the State Department teaching foreign military and law enforcement how to mitigate terrorist incidents. For a time he traveled teaching firearms, tactics, and Active Shooter Emergency Preparedness trainings; continuing today with a local company BSR in Summit Point.
In addition to his work above Sheriff Harmon is man of faith, a family man and father of six. He and his wife Angela, an area nurse, are both active volunteers with their church. Sheriff Harmon coached the Freshman Girls Basketball Team at the local high school for 6 years prior to becoming Sheriff. He is part of the County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Chairman of the Stop the Bleed Sub-Committee to help teach lifesaving skills to the community of Berkeley County.
Sheriff Harmon was honored to have the citizens elect him Sheriff of Berkeley County and is thankful for the opportunity to serve, protect and improve the community he loves.
Sheriff Harmon ran his campaign on the need for change in Berkeley County. He focuses daily on the following to effectively lead the department and county toward a stronger future.
- Eradicating Drugs and Dedicating to Citizen Awareness and Education
- Create Transparency and Grow Community Relationships
- Revise Standards and Enforce Responsible Deputy Due Diligence
- Execute Safer Highway Initiatives
- Research and Implement Traffic Enforcement Technologies
- Refine Conditions for Deputies
- Training and Education Expansion for Officer Safety
- Mental and Physical Well-Being Programs
- Explore Latest and Updated Equipment Within LE Industry