Gary Jarrell

Gary Jarrell has dedicated his life to those in recovery. 

As director of the Nicholas County Day Reporting Center (DRC) in Summersville, Jarrell oversees the day-to-day operations of the program he helped to create.

And what a success that program has been. 

On August 28, team members of the Nicholas County Community Corrections Program – including Jarrell, Chief Kenneth David Sales, the Honorable Steven Callaghan, Family Treatment Court Representative Stephanie Smith, Grant Writer Lindsey Brady, and Drug Court Representative Sherri Cook – were presented with the “Honorable Martin J. Gaughan Award for Excellence in Community Corrections,” for their contributions to the welfare of all West Virginians, particularly those most in need of support and compassion. 

(L – R) Chief Kenneth David Sales, the Honorable Steven Callaghan, Family Treatment Court Representative Stephanie Smith, Grant Writer Lindsey Brady, DRC Director Gary Jarrell, and Drug Court Representative Sherri Cook.

An avid fan of classic rock and college sports, Jarrell proudly sports the blue and gold of the WVU Mountaineers. A family-man, and West Virginian through and through, it has been said that the “Nicholas DRC began with him.”

As reported by one of Jarrell’s colleagues, “Any participant in the DRC who needs to take a driver’s test and does not have a car, has used his truck. That’s how giving he is.”

For his unwavering dedication to those struggling with recovery, and his unflappable belief that the most broken among us can still heal stronger than ever, The RealWV is humbled to name Gary Jarrell as the certified Real West Virginia of the Week.

Know of someone who deserves to be our next Real West Virginian of the Week? Please submit nominations via email to news@therealwv.com

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