Joe Roxby was born in 1953 and is the son of Kay Roxby and the late Eugene (Gene) Roxby. He attended Grade School at old Sacred Heart in North Wheeling and was a member of its last graduating class. Roxby graduated from Wheeling Central in 1971 and from West Liberty State College with a degree in history in 1975.
Roxby entered police service with the Wheeling Police Department in 1978. He retired from that agency in December of 2003 with the rank of Lieutenant.
Among his other accomplishments, he is a staff writer for Precision Shooting magazine, and a noted local frontier historian. Along with Precision Shooting, Roxby has written pieces for Tactical Shooter, The Accurate Rifle, The Wheeling Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register, The Times Leader and Outdoor Magazine. He is the co-author of the book The Heroic Age, Tales of Wheeling's Frontier Era and author of a book of short stories entitled Lost Legends of Fort Henry.
He is the past-president Fort Henry Living History, the group that each Labor Day Weekend puts on Fort Henry Days. Roxby notes with pride that during his tenure with that organization, it has grown to be the premier historical event in the upper Ohio Valley.
Roxby and was given a chance to work with his friends at Shooters Productions. The result was a beautiful and dramatic promotional video dealing with Fort Henry Days. His writing
prowess has also led him to begin work on the screenplay for a proposed film about local legend Betty Zane, entitled Betty Zane: Legend of Fort Henry.
In 2008 Roxby was elected Magistrate of Ohio County and currently holds the office
• Married to Wife Judy, Three Sons
• Lifelong Wheeling Resident
• Member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Wheeling
• Retired Police Officer, 25 Years, Achieved Rank of Lieutenant
• Staff Writer for Precision Shooting Magazine
• Freelance Writer and Published Local Historian
• Currently employed with City of Wheeling Finance Department
• Sacred Heart Grade School
• Wheeling Central Catholic High School | 1971
• West Liberty State College | 1975
• West Virginia State Police Academy | 1983
• National Rifle Association
• Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #38
• Knights of Columbus
• Lewis Wetzel Rifle and Pistol Club
• Iola Club
• Phi Alpha Theta (honorary historical fraternity)
• Fort Henry Living History (parent organization of Fort Henry Days)