Former South Central staff member gets RJA nod

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Regional Jail Authority has chosen interim executive director David Farmer for the permanent position.

Farmer was one of three finalists for the job. Authority members interviewed all three Thursday and announced Farmer’s appointment, which takes place immediately.

“The board made the decision that was in the best interests of our correctional officers and the future of RJA,” board chairman Gary Ellyson II said in a news release. “We had three great candidates to interview. We feel we made the best decision.”

Farmer began with the agency in 2002. He has worked at both the South Central and Western regional jails in various capacities. He was also the director of RJA’s training academy in 2014.

“I intend to ensure that the Regional Jail Authority operates at the highest level of efficiency, professionalism, honesty and integrity on behalf of the counties, the State and the inmate population that we serve,” Farmer said in a statement.

He replaces former RJA Executive Director Joe DeLong who took a job in Connecticut.