He also worked as a part-time police officer for the town of Winfield from 1999-2003 and for the town of Poca from 2010-2011.
DeWeese has served two deployments in Iraq with the U.S. Army National Guard. He achieved the rank of sergeant major and received a Bronze Star for his service.
"Being responsible for all of those soldiers, I feel confident that I can manage the 48 people in the sheriff's department," he said.
Lett worked as trooper with the West Virginia State Police from 1975-1985. He was stationed with the Cross Lanes detachment.
He was a special agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration from 1985-2010. He was stationed in Columbia, S.C., from 1985-1997 and in Charleston from 1997-2010.
He rose to serve as the DEA's state supervisor for West Virginia.
During his tenure with the DEA, Lett was instrumental in helping Putnam County obtain grant funding to fight the drug problem.
"I was also instrumental in bringing federal prosecution to Putnam County," he said. "Until that time, they (county authorities) had never prosecuted in federal court."
Lett believes his experience with the federal and state agencies will help him foster a sense of cooperation among the various jurisdictions that operate in Putnam County.
Both candidates agreed that dealing with Putnam County's drug problem, particularly prescription drug abuse, is a top priority.
DeWeese said he would like to increase the number of officers in the drug task force from three to six.
Lett believes the department needs to find more money to battle the scourge of drugs.
"To fight the drug war, you need resources, money and people," he said. "And that is something the department doesn't have right now."
Very little separates the viewpoints of the two Putnam County natives.
In fact, neither indicates their party affiliation on their campaign material because both believe partisan politics have no place in the sheriff's department.