It’s a new year and many staff members have joined the crew. The Police Resource Officer, replacing Jonathan Penson, is Deputy Clyde Armstead.
Armstead grew up in Roane County where he attended a one room schoolhouse as a child. Later he went to Spencer High School, but dropped out to join the military where he then obtained his GED. Throughout his life he has taken classes at WVU-P and Marshall. Armstead was in the Navy for four years. He also went to fight in the Vietnam War.
In 1979 he joined the Roane County Police, and then in 1989 he worked for the National Guard at Yeager Airport. He was also a Division of Natural Resources Conservation Officer, from which he retired earlier this year. Armstead has a total of 23 years of military experience and 33 years in law enforcement.
“I have worked everything from a parts store, to a coal mine, to even truck driving. I have also worked about every county in West Virginia,” he said.
Armstead was offered and applied for the position of PRO Officer here at Ripley High. He stated that once the opportunity opened, he went for it.
“I love it here. The staff is wonderful and the students are great. Working with the students brings back memories of when I was younger,” the new staffer stated.