Officer Bios

Chief Matt Gregory | Sgt. Mark Stewart | Lt. Doug Loudin | Sgt. Tom Posey
Sgt. Nick Caynor | Sgt. William Courtney | Corp Darin Hissam | PFC Marshall O’Connor | PFC Joshua Wilson

MattChief Matthew Gregory began his career with the Buckhannon Police Department as a Patrolman in 1997.  In 2004, Matthew was promoted to Chief of Police. Matthew has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Fairmont State University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Marshall University.  Since 2003, Matthew has served as Adjunct Faculty for Fairmont State University, teaching a wide array of Criminal Justice courses - covering everything from Criminal Law, Police Operations, to Police Administration.  Matthew has attended a large variety of in-service training programs throughout his career, logging several hundred hours in classroom instruction.  Additionally, Matthew is a certified law enforcement instructor in Police Administration and Crime Scene Investigation.  From 2000 – 2002, Matthew served as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician with the Upshur County Emergency Squad.  Matthew has also volunteered as coach with both the Stockert Youth Center Basketball League as well as Upshur County Youth Soccer.  Send an e-mail to Matt at

Mark Sgt. Mark Stewart began his career with the Buckhannon Police in 1994. He graduated from the 88th Basic Police Academy in December 1994. During his career , he helped create the Buckhannon Police Dept. Bicycle Patrol and the Citizen's Police Academy. Mark was able to combine his credits from Marshall University to get his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. In 2003 , Mark was shot in the line of duty while serving a search warrant and received the Police Purple Heart Award and Meritorious Police Award. He decided to leave the department in 2003 . In 2005 , Mark returned to the Buckhannon Police Department and served as the Investigator. In 2014 , Mark was promoted to Sergeant and helped create the Volunteers in Police Service Program (VIPS) and serves as the Co-Ordinator of that program.  Send an e-mail to Mark at

DougLieutenant Doug Loudin graduated from Fairmont State College in December 1995 with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and Minor in Sociology.  He began his career in law enforcement working as a Private Investigator / Security Supervisor for C&M Investigations.  He took a position with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department in April 1996 and remained there until 2002, when he was hired by the Buckhannon Police Department in April.  Doug not only served as a substitute teacher from August 2002 to August 2003, but has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for Pierpont Community & Technical College of Fairmont State University since January 2004.  He has taught courses in Criminal Evidence and Procedure, Criminal Investigation, Deviant Behavior, Juvenile Justice, Private Security, and Firearms. Doug has also been an Adjunct instructor for West Virginia Wesleyan College since August 2008, teaching classes in Juvenile Justice, Correctional Institutions, Police Works and Criminal Investigations.  Doug has received training in Basic SWAT, diving, Firearms Instructor training, Instructor Development through the FBI and Field Training Supervisor, as well as various Criminal Investigations.  He is a certified firearms instructor, diver, and SWAT Team leader.  Send an e-mail to Doug at

ThomasSergeant Thomas Posey, a Buckhannon native, graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1997. He then attended Glenville State College from 1997 to 2000.  Tom has been an officer with the Buckhannon Police Department since October 2003, and graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy in August 2004.  Tom is a member of the Buckhannon SWAT Team and has specialized training as a Firearms Instructor.  Send an e-mail to Thomas at

NickSergeant Nicholas D. Caynor has been with the Buckhannon Police Department since 2007, and graduated in the 132nd Basic Class at the West Virginia Police Academy the same year.  Before becoming a police officer Nick worked in corrections and in the military.  In his military career, Nick was an Army Staff Sergeant, Heavy Weapons Specialist, Drill Sergeant, and a Foreign Military Advisor.  Currently, Nick is a Police Firearms Instructor and member of the Buckhannon SWAT Team.  Send an e-mail to Nicholas at

WilliamSergeant William Courtney is a 2005 graduate of Buckhannon Upshur High School.  He was hired by the department in March of 2008 and graduated the police academy in August 2008.  William is a member of the Buckhannon SWAT team.  Send an e-mail to William at


DarinCorporal Darin Hissam is a native of Buckhannon and graduated Fairmont State University with a Criminal Justice degree in 2005.  Darin worked as a correctional officer at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail until 2006 when he became an officer with the WVU Police Department in Morgantown, WV. He graduated the 132nd Basic Officer Class of the West Virginia State Police Academy in 2007.  Darin has received certification in police bike patrol.  In July 2009, Darin was hired as a Patrolman with the Buckhannon Police Department.  Send an e-mail to Darin at


MarshallPFC Marshall O’Connor has moved to Buckhannon from New Jersey.  He had begun his career in Law Enforcement as a Correctional Officer with the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority.  He is scheduled to attend the State Police Academy in January of 2014.  Marshall has attended college in New Jersey and plans to finish his degree when he graduates from the academy.


JoshPFC Joshua Wilson is a 2005 graduate of Elkins High School. Before becoming a police officer Josh worked in the military as a police officer, armourer, and K9 support. Josh has also been an active Volunteer Firefighter at multiple agencies for 11 years. He will graduate the 156th West Virginia Police Academy in winter of 2013.



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