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WV Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announces changes among Dept. of Military Affairs and Public Safety staff

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On June 26, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced changes to the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety (DMAPS).

Tomblin said the changes included appointing Stephanie Bond director of Division of Juvenile Services.

The announcement comes about a week after Tomblin was joined by justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, members of the Legislature and representatives of Pew Charitable Trusts announcing the state was selected by Pew to conduct a "comprehensive review of the state's juvenile system."

Tomblin also said at that time the state would establish the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare. The task force is meant to bring together a cooperation of leaders from all branches of government.     

“Today, I am extremely pleased to name these three dedicated and experienced individuals to leadership positions at DMAPS,” Tomblin said. “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.”

All changes are effective July 1, 2014.

Bond, currently acting director of the Division of Juvenile Services, will serve as Director of the Division of Juvenile Services. Bond, who was appointed Acting Director in February 2013, previously served as superintendent of the Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center in Davis.

Tomblin also appointed current Deputy Secretary of DMAPS, Rick Staton, to serve as director of the Division of Justice and Community Services. Staton, who has served as Deputy Secretary since March 2013, will replace retired director Norbert Federspiel.

In addition, current Division of Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein will serve a dual role as Deputy Secretary of DMAPS. Rubenstein has served more than three decades in corrections, and was named Commissioner of the Division of Corrections in 2001.

“Our mission at DMAPS is to ensure our communities are a safe place to put down roots and raise a family,” Cabinet Secretary Joe Thornton said in a news release. “As we continue to take responsible steps toward reform, I look forward to working with this leadership team to continue our progress.”