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Area Police Stations

Charleston Police Department
Brent Webster(Chief of Police)
PO Box 2749,
Charleston, WV, 25330

Metro 911 of Kanawha County
Carylon Charnock(Director)
200 Peyton Way,
Charleston, WV, 25309

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Col David E Murphy(Chief)
State Capitol, Building 3, Room 837
Charleston, WV, 25305

West Virginia Division of Protective Services
Carl Robert "Jay" Smither(Director)
State Capitol Complex, Bldg 1, Rm 152-A
Charleston, WV, 25305

West Virginia State Fire Marshal
Sterling Lewis Jr(Fire Marshal)
1207 Quarrier St 2nd Floor,
Charleston, WV, 25301

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The city of Charleston, also called "Charlie West", "Capital City" encompasses the following counties: Kanawha. Charleston's government is comprised of the Mayor, who is currently Danny Jones (R).

Charleston encompasses land area: 31.52 sq mi (81.64 km2), water area: 1.14 sq mi (2.95 km2). The elevation is 597-957 (varies due to mountains) ft (182-292 m) above sea level. According to the 2010 United States Census, the local population is 51,400. This equates to a population density of 1,630.7/sq mi (629.6/km2). The local time zone is EST (UTC-5).

Local area codes are 304/681. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 54-14600, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at cityofcharleston.org.

Charleston is the capital and largest city of the State of West Virginia. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers in Kanawha County. As of the 2010 Census, it had a population of 51,400, while its metropolitan area had 304,214. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 240,000. The metropolitan area is the second-largest in West Virginia behind the Huntington Metro Area. Charleston is the county seat of Kanawha County. It is the least populated state capital that is also the most populated city within the state.

Early industries important to Charleston included salt and the first natural gas well. Later, coal became central to economic prosperity in the city and the surrounding area. Today, trade, utilities, government, medicine, and education play central roles in the city's economy.

The first permanent settlement, Ft. Lee, was built in 1788. In 1791, Daniel Boone was a member of the Kanawha County Assembly.