Fire Chief Larry Helms
Chief Helms has lead the City of Wheeling Fire Department since September 2007. He joined the department in October 1986 as an EMT and shortly after earned his certification as a paramedic. Chief Helms spent most of his career as a paramedic on Squad 1 and Rescue 1 in North Wheeling. He earned promotions in 1991 as a Fire Engineer, 1997 as a Lieutenant and 2001 as a Captain. In 2006, he was promoted to Assistant Chief, serving in the Bureau of Fire Prevention. In 2007, City manager Robert Herron named him the 15th Fire Chief of the Department, after the retirement of Fire Chief Stephen Johnson. Prior to joining WFD, he worked as a volunteer firefighter with the Glencoe, Ohio Fire Department and a junior firefighter with the Neff's, Ohio Volunteer Fire Department.
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Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger
Chief Schwertfeger has been the Chief of Police in Wheeling, WV since June 2012. 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. He holds board memberships with the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association, the Sexual Assault Help Center in Wheeling and the Family Violence Prevention Program with the YWCA in Wheeling.