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First female deputy sworn in to Brooke County Sheriff's Department

Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 08:26 AM EDT

BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. -

Brooke County Sheriff's Department held a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday afternoon that was unlike any other, one of the two deputies sworn in is the first and only woman to serve the sheriff's department.

The two deputies sworn in are Kristen Richmond and Patrick Graham.

They will wear the same uniform but it is Richmond's name that will go down in the history books as the county's first female deputy.

"It's a great feeling. I've wanted to work in law enforcement for a long time so just having the capability and opportunity to try and go to the academy, it's pretty awesome," Richmond said.

"This is the first for the Brooke County Sheriff's Department and interviewing her, speaking with her, the time I've spent with her, and through her selection process I think she's going to do a wonderful job," Sheriff Chuck Jackson said.

Richmond graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in criminal justice and Spanish.

"I'm overly excited," Richmond's mother, Tracy Richmond said. "She's been very hardworking and dedicated. This is one of the goals that she's had to do in her life and she worked really hard to get here."

It will take several months to get Richmond and Graham out by themselves. First, they must complete three months of academy training in Charleston. Then, four to six months of field training with another deputy, before they can be the boost the Sheriff expects them to be.

"Both of these subjects were very highly qualified and they were the No. 1 and 2 pick on our civil service list and it's good when you can get qualified people who are dedicated to working this job," Jackson said.

Jackson said he hopes to see them both out on the road on their own by spring.

First female deputy sworn in to Brooke County Sheriff's Department


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