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Scott joining Justice cabinet

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ELKINS — Randolph County Commission President Mark Scott is leaving office at the end of the month to join Gov. Jim Justice’s cabinet in Charleston.

Scott has accepted the position of Secretary of Administration. He will begin serving on Nov. 1.

On Wednesday he tendered his resignation to the Randolph County Commission, effective Oct. 31.

Scott said his new position will bring new responsibilities.

“I have 18 different divisions of government that I’m responsible for,” Scott told The Inter-Mountain Wednesday. “Some of it has to do with what I’m doing now, things like fleet management, building management.

“In addition to that, insurance, so PEIA comes under my purview, also worker’s management. Also all the pension programs,” he added.

“And then, things you wouldn’t think about when you think about administration, things like the prosecutor’s institute. Also the public defenders are a part of that. Also general services, such as groundskeeping for government offices.

“In addition to that, there’s an aviation division, and the retirement board. Ethics Commission falls under administration, as does Equal Opportunity Employment,” he said.

“It’s pretty broad, “ Scott noted. “I have 18 executive directors to report to the deputy director and myself. It’s a big responsibility.

“I’m looking forward to helping the governor continue to advance what I feel has been a very, very prosperous time for the state,” he said. “Of course, COVID has set us back, but we’re on the right track, and I’m looking forward to helping the governor continue that.”

Justice said he has faith that Scott will do a good job.

“Mark is a very, very qualified man and I’m really confident that he’s going to bring some real ideas and real juice to the position and he’ll do a wonderful job,” Justice said in a Wednesday press release.

Scott will step into the role following former Administration Secretary Allan McVey’s recent appointment as West Virginia Insurance Commissioner.

“Allan McVey was great as Secretary, too, and I’m thrilled we retained him as our Insurance Commissioner,” Justice said. “He continues to do fabulous work for us.”

Mary Jane Pickens will continue serving as Acting Secretary of the Department of Administration until Scott’s appointment becomes effective.

Scott was initially elected to the Randolph County Commission in November 2016 and took office in January 2017. During his time on the commission, he was elected president in both 2019 and 2021.

Scott worked in the insurance business in north central West Virginia for 27 years before his retirement from the private sector.

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