Attorney General-Elect Patrick Morrisey says he’s taking to steps to change the AG’s office. Morrisey, who was elected in November, officially takes the Oath of Office on Monday.
“We’re going to be restructuring the office a little bit,” Morrisey said on Wednesday’s MetroNews Talkline. “We will have a Principal Deputy Attorney General, a Solicitor General and a Chief Counsel, each with different roles.”
No one has yet been selected to be Principal Deputy Attorney General.
On the show, though, Morrisey announced that Dan Greear, a Charleston attorney who unsuccessfully ran for AG in 2008, will serve as Chief Counsel.
Morrisey, a Jefferson County attorney, has selected Elbert Lin to serve as Solicitor General.
Lin, who is currently a partner at the firm of Wiley Rein, will lead the appellate division. In the past, he has been a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William Pryor.
Marty Wright, who works now with the West Virginia Ethics Commission, will be the Deputy Attorney General and Public Integrity Officer. The other Deputy Attorneys General will be Richie Heath and Tracy Webb,
Morrisey says he has a goal with the changes. “I want to be, personally, much more engaged as an Attorney General.”
The Republican beat longtime Attorney General Darrell McGraw in the November General Election. McGraw has served as AG since 1992.
Morrisey says he will be keeping some of those who worked under McGraw, but McGraw’s Deputy AG Fran Hughes will not be one of those staying.