Wyoming County native Rick Staton has been promoted to Director of the Division of Justice and Community Service at the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety (DMAPS) ,Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced today.
Staton, who succeeds retired director Norbert Federspiel, was named Deputy Secretary of DMAPS in March 2013.
“I have worked with DJCS over the years in my capacity as a legislator, prosecutor, and in my current position,” Staton said. “I have great respect for the work they do working with counties and communities on issues of safety, training, and justice reform and reinvestment.
“I think the next several years will be very exciting for the agency as it helps to implement community corrections and related programs through the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative,” he continued.
Staton said he was “honored Governor Tomblin has confidence to place me in such a great agency and with such hard working people.
“I’m a little nervous, but very excited,” he remarked.
Tomlin also announced two other changes. Acting Director of the Division of Juvenile Services Stephanie Bond will serve as the Director of the Division of Juvenile Services.
Division of Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein will also now serve as Deputy Secretary of DMAPS.
“Today, I am extremely pleased to name these three dedicated and experienced individuals to leadership positions at DMAPS,” Gov. Tomblin said in a press release.
“As we increase our justice reinvestment efforts and begin a comprehensive review of our juvenile system, I have the utmost confidence that this leadership team will continue to devote themselves to these initiatives, while maintaining public safety and ensuring the security of our communities.”
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