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Mountwest hires new director of public safety

November 02, 2012

Huntington, W.Va. - With the new location comes a new employment position for Mountwest Community & Technical College. Buckey Walters has been named the new Director of Public Safety for Mountwest, a position previously not needed since Mountwest was located on the campus of Marshall University and utilized their campus security.

Walters has a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a second Master’s degree in Education. Walters has been involved in law enforcement and corrections for more than 20 years being Peace Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.) Certified in the States of Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Alabama. He retired as a Detective Sergeant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Division of Investigation where he was assigned to the North Central Narcotic Task Force in Fallon, Nevada.

Mr. Walters also has law enforcement experience from the United States Air Force/Air National Guard.  In 2007, he deployed to Afghanistan and served as a First Sergeant for the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron with supervisory responsibilities over Wyoming and West Virginia operations and maintenance personnel.  On July 15, 2010, he retired from the military with a total of 24 years of service combining active duty and the Air National Guard.

“Adding this position is an important step in completing our new campus atop Fifth Street hill,” says Dr. Keith Cotroneo, president of Mountwest. “We’re very pleased with our selection of Mr. Walters, and we look forward to his service.”

Mountwest Community & Technical College provides programs to meet the varied educational and workforce development needs of its students and the community. Mountwest offers two-year degree and one-year certificate programs in Allied Health, Business and Information Technology, Human Services, Occupational and Technical Programs, as well as numerous continuing education opportunities and customized instruction. For more information about Mountwest programs and opportunities, please visit