Sean Severt

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Service Record

Princeton West Virginia Police Department

Rank Detective
Salary $79,254 (2023)[1]
Last Known Status Active


2018 Governors Highway Safety Award

On March 12, 2018, Severt received the Governor's Highway Safety Award for having the most e-citations in the region.[2]

2019 Officer of the Year

On November 12, 2019, Severt was named Officer of the Year by the Police Chief.[3]

Incident Reports

2022 Death of Barry Yearout

Response Timeline

The agency cleared Severt of wrongdoing.[4]

On April 30, 2024, Yearout's family filed a lawsuit against the city, the Chief of Police, Severt, Leftwich, and another officer. The family claims that Severt destroyed his body-worn camera video to avoid civil and criminal responsibility.[5]

LEO Ratings


  1. Sean Severt, City of Princeton, govSalaries
  2. Regular Meeting, Princeton City Council, 2018-03-12
  3. Regular Meeting, Princeton City Council, 2019-11-12
  4. Jessica Farrish, Mercer County mother sues City of Princeton after son dies in officer involved shooting, WVNS, 2024-05-08
  5. Robert Castillo, Federal lawsuit filed in 2022 police shooting death of man, WVVA, 2024-05-10

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