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Career investigator named to unified office for WV correctional agencies


August 1, 2017

Career investigator named to unified office for W.Va. correctional agencies


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Continuing to streamline and consolidate operations at the W.Va. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Secretary Jeff Sandy has combined the internal investigations units of its correctional agencies and named a career State Police trooper to lead it.

 William K. Marshall III is heading the revamped Corrections Investigations Division as its director. A Mason County native, Marshall recently retired after more than a quarter-century with the State Police while commander of its Wood County detachment. He repeatedly distinguished himself as an investigator throughout his State Police career, including while assigned to the Interstate Drug Interdiction Team and Workers Compensation Fraud Task Force. He earned commendations from the U.S. Department of Justice for his investigative work with the region’s IRS Fraud Task Force.

 “The consolidation of the Division of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Services, and Regional Jail and Correctional Facilities Authority has allowed the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety to use Corrections investigators throughout all three agencies,” Sandy said. “Marshall has the education, experience, and talent to lead our investigative team. Marshall will also be a tremendous asset as we achieve the Governor’s goal of having inmates ready to join the workforce upon departure from incarceration.”

 Marshall is overseeing investigations into use-of-force, contraband smuggling, misconduct and other allegations for West Virginia’s correctional system. It encompasses the Division of Corrections, which operates prisons; the 10-facility Regional Jail Authority; and the Division of Juvenile Services. All are part of Military Affairs and Public Safety. Each had its own investigations office before Gov. Jim Justice took office in January and Sandy launched the ongoing consolidation. Marshall started in July.

 “I'm very honored and excited to be part of the DMAPS team,” Marshall said. “There are a lot of talented and intelligent people I'll be joining to keep our state great. Although this position will have its challenges, I'm very eager to get started and working on our mission. I want to thank Cabinet Secretary Jeff Sandy, Deputy Secretary Thom Kirk, Director of Correctional Operations Joseph Thornton and everyone responsible for affording me this opportunity.”


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LAWRENCE MESSINA (304) 558-2930 Lawrence.C.Messina@wv.gov