Sisson received a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia State after completing criminal justice coursework.
"For the most part, my background is criminal justice," Sisson said.
He originally attended classes at Marshall University but left school when he took a job as a patrolman with the St. Albans Police Department in 1980.
He ranked first in his class during a 13-week course for law enforcement officers at the West Virginia State Police Academy.
Hall, who came in ninth with 25,513 votes, believes tireless campaigning helped him win the seat.
"I did everything from robocalls to mailers," he said.
Hall and his fiancee, who are planning a wedding next spring at the state Capitol, knocked on doors across the county.
"I think people just really respond to hard work," he said.
Sisson said he became interested in law enforcement at an early age because he has been a lifelong friend of Sheriff-elect John Rutherford. Rutherford's brother, Mike, is the current Kanawha County sheriff.
Sisson was so close to the Rutherford family that he often went on vacation with them as a child, he said.
"Mike became a St. Albans police officer, and I thought that was really cool," Sisson said.
When John was hired as a sheriff's deputy, Sisson decided it was time to get a job in law enforcement. The St. Albans department hired him, and he stayed in that position for eight years.
Hall always has been interested in the legal system, but it was his brother's run for Beckley City Council that inspired him to seek public office himself.
Hall said he was not looking at changing anything when he took office.
Sisson would like to reduce the number of continuances and delays that occur in the magistrate's office.
"I've noticed that when I serve subpoenas, it seems like I'm serving the same people over and over again," he said. "The cases get postponed or continued."
That becomes frustrating for the police officers as well as those involved in the cases.
"And the longer you have a case on the docket, the harder it is to bring it to a satisfactory end," Sisson said.
Although he understands that some cases have to be continued or postponed, he still would like to reduce that number.
Sisson has been married for 21 years. He has three grown boys, ages 32, 30 and 29. He also has three granddaughters and a grandson. His family strongly supported his decision to run for office.
Sisson is active in his church, Redeemer Lutheran, along Corridor G. He recently traveled to Rochester, N.Y., to play an extra in a religious-based film called "King's Faith."
Hall enjoys sports and the outdoors and is active in Generation Charleston and the East End Community Association.
Both are eager to start their new positions.
"I'm glad the election is over and I'm looking forward to getting to work," Sisson said.