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Interim RJA Executive Director Selected


March 31, 2015


W.Va. jail official named interim head of regional jail system


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – David Farmer was named interim executive director of the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority (RJA) on Tuesday by Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Joe Thornton, acting in consultation with the agency’s board chairman.

 Farmer, who has risen through the ranks at RJA since joining the agency in February 2002, will administer the 10-jail system pending the selection of a permanent executive director by the authority’s board. It next meets on April 8. Farmer replaces Joe DeLong, who stepped down Tuesday.

 Farmer began his career with RJA as director of Inmate Services at the South Central Regional Jail, in Kanawha County. He was appointed administrator of the South Western Regional Jail, in Logan County, in December 2011. He became RJA’s deputy chief of operations and the director of its training academy in August 2014.

 “As deputy chief of operations over the past eight months, David has shown a great deal of leadership. I believe he has proven himself capable of leading RJA while the board searches for a full-time director,” Thornton said. “I am confident that David will continue to work hard and manage a high level of commitment that is necessary for RJA to operate efficiently.”

 Part of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, RJA has more than 1,140 correctional officers and other full-time employees and a $100 million annual budget. The agency does not receive general tax revenues, but instead relies chiefly on per-day fees paid for housing inmates. The 10-jail system currently houses around 4,200 inmates.

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