The West Virginia Ethics Commission says police officers can’t serve on county boards of education.
Police officers already hold a public office, based on relevant case law, the commission said in a recent advisory opinion.
The term “public office” is not defined in the state code, which the Commission uses to determine a candidate’s eligibility for a county board, the opinion said. But relevant case law has determined criteria to judge whether a position is a public office. The criteria include whether the position was created by law; and whether the duties, tenure, salary, bond and oath have been prescribed or