Former State Trooper Becomes Dean at Southern


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David Lemmon was a state trooper for nearly 30 years but is now on a different mission.


Lemmon is now serving as Dean of Professional and Technical Studies at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.


He was raised in Cross Lanes and has lived in Chapmanville for over 27 years.


Lemmon joined the West Virginia State Police in 1992, and was assigned to the Logan Detachment upon graduating from the Academy, and was later awarded Trooper of the Year in 1996.

During his career as a state trooper, he served in many capacities and assignments. He served as Field trooper to Commander of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Troop 4 Commander. Lemmon retired from the West Virginia State Police as Major, Chief of Professional Development, Research, and Recruiting.


He is also a graduate of the 222nd Session FBI National Academy, and 55th DEA Drug Commander Schools, both in Quantico, Virginia.


Upon Retiring from the West Virginia State Police, he worked as a State Career and Technical Education Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education for approximately 18 months before coming to Southern.


Lemmon says he considers himself a lifetime learner, and greatly enjoys the overall environment at the college and its leadership. He holds degrees from Marshall University and West Virginia State University.


As for the future of Southern, Lemmon says he would like to see it continue to maintain its commitment to meeting the ever-changing demands encountered by citizens within the service area.

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