CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced several changes in the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Thursday.

The governor said interim director of Juvenile Services Stephanie Bond is now the permanent director, Deputy MAPS Secretary Rick Staton will head up the Division of Justice and Community Services while state Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein will become deputy secretary.

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

The changes take effect July 1.

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  • mviguy

    Finally the Governor has appointed someone in his Cabinet who not only has a complete understanding of our state and national correctional issues but has YEARS of experience in that field. I'm sure he'll bring much needed leadership to the DMAPS arena. Congratulations to Deputy Secretary Rubenstein... a long overdue promotion after many years of dedicated service to our state!

    • DWL

      You mean he appointed his brother as Secretary of Corrections?