For the past eight years, it's been Sheriff Rutherford and his sidekick, Chief Deputy Rutherford.
If the Kanawha County Commission approves, that will continue with a reordering of the first names.
Sheriff-elect John Rutherford served as chief deputy under his brother, Mike, for the past eight years.
The two hope to switch positions on Jan. 1.
John, 55, said he would recommend that county commissioners approve the appointment of his older brother, 61, at a meeting today. He said he wants to keep the team intact at the sheriff's department.
John also will recommend that Allen Bleigh remain as chief tax deputy, Don Searls as director of the Day Report Center and drug court, and Harry Carpenter as chief of the home confinement office.
"This team works," John said. "The sheriff's department has worked very well for eight years."
The only change will be the appointment of Tony Keller as chief of the legal processes division. The sheriff-elect formerly ran that division as chief deputy, he said.
As for the propriety of appointing his older brother, he mentioned the gas line explosion in Sissonville Tuesday.
"He (Mike) always knows what to do, and we worked together seamlessly," he said.
John set up a committee to consider the chief deputy position. The members were Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants and former chief deputy and State Police trooper Larry Herald.
They recommended Mike.
The committee was formed to satisfy a state statute, Commission President Kent Carper said.
Mike thinks his 40 years of experience will be beneficial to the other officers.
"I still feel like I can contribute a lot," he said.
He said he had no reservations about working with his younger brother.
"We've worked well together for about 35 years," Mike said.