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July 2, 2018

W.Va. announces leadership for consolidated corrections

Ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for noon today


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia has assembled a top-notch team steeped in public service to lead the state’s unified prison, regional jail and juvenile justice systems, Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy announced Monday.


The Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation results from the consolidation legislation (House Bill 4338) that became law on July 1. This sweeping modernization and streamlining of corrections in the Mountain State also created the companion Division of Administrative Services.


Corrections and Rehabilitation includes separate bureaus of Prisons and Jails, Community Corrections, and Juvenile Services. It replaces the Division of Corrections, Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, and Division of Juvenile Services.


Administrative Services now handles an array of functions common to all these entities including human resources, payroll, recruiting, contracts and procurement, and vehicle and property management.


Administrative Services is led by Director Denny Rhodes, who served for nearly a quarter-century in the Legislative Auditor’s office and most recently as director of its Post Audits Division. Both Director Rhodes and Secretary Sandy, who chose Rhodes for the post, envision Administrative Services performing its tasks for other DMAPS agencies as a further streamlining of state government.


“My goal is to make the Division of Administrative Services a model for state government, and working together we can make it happen,” Rhodes told staff in a letter last week, adding that “we all have knowledge and skills that, by working together, can and will make this a great success.”


Governor Justice appointed Corrections Commissioner Betsy Jividen to serve as commissioner of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Jividen was a career federal prosecutor in the U.S. Northern District of West Virginia before Governor Justice selected her to oversee Corrections in January. During her four decades of federal service, Jividen represented the Federal Bureau of Prisons and also focused on rehabilitation and reentry programs aimed at reducing recidivism and ensuring public safety. 


“Commissioner Jividen has just been outstanding,” Governor Justice said. “With her rock-solid credentials, she is the ideal choice to ensure the success of this consolidation.”


As for Jividen’s team at Corrections and Rehabilitation:


·         Deputy Commissioner, Field Services, Paul Simmons started at Corrections more than 30 years ago as a correctional officer. He has held numerous leadership posts since, including most recently as acting deputy corrections commissioner. Simmons helps Commissioner Jividen oversee the bureaus that consolidate the three correctional agencies as well as their health care, classification and security services.


·         Deputy Commissioner, Executive Services, Mike Coleman traces his career in corrections back more than 30 years to his post as a correctional officer at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. A veteran leader at Corrections, his leadership positions have included deputy director of correctional operations for Secretary Sandy and deputy corrections commissioner. Coleman’s duties include guiding the implementation of House Bill 4338, which has a deadline of July 1, 2019.


·         Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Prisons and Jails, Marvin Plumley is another Corrections veteran. Plumley most recently has been senior director of compliance and audits. He previously served as warden of the Huttonsville Correctional Center and deputy warden of the Mount Olive Correctional Complex.


·         Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Community Corrections, Anne Thomas was most recently acting chief of staff at Corrections. She began her career at Corrections in 1999, and her rise through the ranks included tenure as warden of the Lakin Correctional Center.


·         Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Juvenile Services, William Marshall had been director of the Division of Juvenile Services since October 2017. He previous headed the DMAPS Investigations office, and joined Secretary Sandy’s leadership team following a distinguished career with the State Police.


·         Assistant Commissioner, Training and Staff Development, Scott Patterson began his career with Corrections as an intern at the training academy in 1992. In July 2007, he took a two-year assignment from the U.S. Department of Justice in Iraq to help rebuild its corrections system in accordance with international standards. He returned to West Virginia in 2010 and to DMAPS the following year. He most recently was acting assistant corrections commissioner for operations.


·         Assistant Commissioner, Intergovernmental Affairs, David Farmer had been executive director of the Regional Jail Authority. He had served at RJA since February 2002 and had headed that agency since June 2015. Farmer’s oversight includes victim services and carrying out the provisions of West Virginia’s landmark Justice Reinvestment Initiative reforms.


·         Assistant Commissioner, Inspector General, Gary Johnson joins DMAPS after serving as administrative director for the W.Va. Supreme Court of Appeals since January 2017. He was previously a Nicholas County Circuit judge for nearly a quarter-century.


His duties include internal investigations and audits as well as ensuring compliance with all state and federal standards. Secretary Sandy has also enlisted him to help carry out inmate drug rehabilitation initiatives that could yield substantial savings from reduced incarcerations.


“As Cabinet secretary I have pledged to make DMAPS more efficient, and I can think of no better person to help me achieve my goals and the goals of our governor and legislators than him,” Secretary Sandy said.


To herald the correctional consolidation bill becoming law, Secretary Sandy is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Division of Administrative Services offices at 1201 Greenbrier St. in Charleston today, Monday, July 2, at noon. Governor Justice Chief of Staff Mike Hall is to take part in the ceremony along with legislative leaders who supported the passage of House Bill 4338.


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