[caption id="attachment_34128" align="alignleft" width="169"]<img class=" wp-image-34128" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/08\/Hinton-Police-Chief-Derek-Snavely.jpg" alt="" width="169" height="216" \/> Hinton Police Chief Derek Snavely[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Hinton Police Chief Derek Seth Snavely was fired, effective immediately, at the Tuesday night Hinton City council meeting by Mayor Joe Blankenship.<\/h1>\r\nThe story began with a domestic incident at Snavely\u2019s home on July 31.\r\n\r\nAccording to a Summers County Sheriff\u2019s Deputy incident report, on July 31, around 2:50 a.m., officers responded to Snavely\u2019s home following a dispute with a family member, in which the victim told officers that she feared for her life, as well as others and Snavely\u2019s. Summers County Sheriff Garry Wheeler confirmed Snavely was drinking the night officers responded to his home. Officers left Snavely\u2019s home around 5:40 Monday morning, around three hours after they first responded.\r\n\r\n\u201cI feel like we did everything we could possibly do to diffuse the situation,\u201d Sheriff Wheeler said.\r\n\r\nIn the end, no charges were filed against Snavely; but on August 6, when Hinton city council received the incident report, they called for an emergency meeting in which council members accepted Snavely\u2019s 28 day paid vacation request. Council also instructed Snavely to turn in his service weapon, badge and police cruiser.\r\n\r\nBut two weeks later, during the August 21 meeting, council went into executive session for around 20 minutes to discuss personnel issues. When council returned, Mayor Blankenship read a statement which read, \u201cEffective immediately, I\u2019m terminating Derek Snavely\u2019s position as Chief of Police in the city of Hinton because of \u2018job performance\u2019 issues, and will be accepting application effective tomorrow.\u201d\r\n\r\nBlankenship, who is also Snavely\u2019s father-in-law, openly talked about how the situation was difficult for him because it involved family, but at the end he announced city council has agreed to terminate Chief Snavely. \u201cI feel I can\u2019t stand aside any longer concerning this situation,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\nSnavely was not at Tuesday\u2019s city council meeting, but several officers with the Hinton Police Department were there. As of now, Sgt. T. A. Withrow is in charge at the Hinton Police Department.