Eugene White appointed to fill vacancy

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed Eugene White to serve as the director of the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training. White has been serving as deputy director under C.A. Phillips who recently announced his retirement. The appointment is effective immediately.

“I’m very pleased to announce Eugene White will take over as director of the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training,” said Gov. Tomblin. “Eugene, a former coal miner, has served the public for many years in the OMHS&T. He has made important contributions to mine safety as the deputy director.

“He has also been an integral part of the state’s Mine Emergency Team. I know that as director he will continue to work tirelessly to improve the safety of coal mines across West Virginia. Eugene has the respect and support of our miners and our companies. He will do a great job.”

White has worked for the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training since 2001. He has served in a number of positions including deputy director and an inspector, as well as serving as a member of the Mountain State’s Mine Emergency Team.