Chris Sperry sworn in to magistrate seat

April 9, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Former Huntington Police Department detective Chris Sperry was officially sworn in as the newest Cabell County magistrate Monday, filing the seat left by the retirement of Johnny McCallister.

Sperry, a lifelong Huntington resident, told the Herald-Dispatch last week it has always been his goal to be a judge. He planned to run for a spot in 2020.

“My goal is to continue being known as a fair person and a respectable person,” Sperry said. “I’ve always tried to do that — whether it’s good guy, bad guy, I’ve always tried to be fair to everyone and respect all.”

Sperry was with HPD for 25 years before retiring in August, though he continued to serve the force in a military placement position.

Sperry will need to complete training with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals before he continues with his new duties. He is expected to begin working as a judge by the end of the month.