CommunityConcerns™: What if the Law Enforcers Break the Law?
By now everyone is aware of Mr. Mickey Metz, the current Sheriff of Gilmer County and the candidate for Gilmer County Magistrate.
We know he had said he always had a GED degree and failed to show the proof.
We also know that he presented the following document to the Gilmer County Clerk’s Office as his proof of eligibility for his candidacy. A candidate running for the office of magistrate, according to WV’s current law, must possess a GED or a High School Diploma.
We know as well Mr. Metz obtained his online diploma on November 21, 2011, by paying a fee and answering a few questions. According to Better Business Bureau (BBB), the school is not Legitimate and has a score of ‘F’.
Without getting into too much detail, We know Mr. Metz refuses to answer any questions calling it his policy to never answer any question, refuses to openly show his credentials, but we have heard Mr. Metz calling the FAKE HIGH SCHOOL, an internationally accepted school. And we can go on and on…..
But did you know Mr. Metz has been actively involved in coaching at the high school level?
Did you know that according to West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) and West Virginia Department of Education, you must have a coaching certificate to be able to coach at this level?
Here are the requirements according to WVSSAC:
What does an individual have to do to be able to coach if they are not a certified teacher?
A. ASEP Coaches Education Program - Complete our 14 hour course with a WVSSAC instructor and pass all 3 tests with a minimum score of 80%.
B. Local School Board approval (must be a high school graduate or GED) and must be done each year.
C. Background Check - Fingerprint.
D. Make application with the WV State Department of Education after completing the above (A-C). The application (form 39) is available at your local Board of Education and must be done each year.
Does an individual have to take the entire course at designated site to receive the authorized certified status?
YES. Fourteen hours of course work must be completed at the designated site with a WVSSAC instructor, and all three tests must be passed (online) with a minimum score of 80.
Does an individual who is not a professional educator have to take the WVSSAC Coaches Education Program courses before they begin coaching?
YES. All course work, testing, and WV State Department authorization must be completed prior to assuming any coaching responsibilities.
If an individual takes the WVSSAC Coaches Education Program courses and receives a WVSSAC certificate after completing the test requirement, how often must he/she retake the WVSSAC Coaches Education courses?
Course retakes are not necessary; however, the WV State Department of Education authorization to coach is only issued on a yearly basis and must be renewed each year. Coaches must complete form 39 and have local Board approval each year.
Now you should also know:
Mr. Metz DID NOT HAVE any high school degree or GED in all his coaching career at the high school including the recent season.
WVSSAC gave him the certificate without any proof.
Gilmer County High School Principals and The Gilmer County Superintendents, as well as the Gilmer County Board of Education ALL failed to make sure Mr. Metz was qualified and met the requirements to be a coach.
At what conclusion should a person arrive?
• Mr. Metz has never been qualified to be a coach?
• Mr. Metz IS NOT qualified to be a magistrate?
• Mr. Metz HAS LIED his way and is taking advantage of the system?
• Can we forget the Fred Hill Case and his immediate statement of ‘No Foul Play’?
• What about the case of Mr. Doug Morris’ accident when he stood looking at his car without checking to see who was in the accident and waited for his deputy to figure it out?
• Does Mr. Metz believe ‘Honesty Is The Best Policy’?
• Have we had a Sheriff who has lied his way for the past 8-years as a sheriff?
• Have we had a coach who has lied about his qualifications since *, at least?
• Is he really fit to be a magistrate who is to seek the truth?
• And finally, why do those who are supposed to be the guardian of law allow this to happen?
* = According to GCHS Yearbooks