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Ward named to Environmental Protection post

CHARLESTON — Harold Ward has been named secretary of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection by Gov. Jim Justice.

Ward was the deputy secretary of operations and director of the Division of Mining and Reclamation where he oversaw all operational components of the Department of Environmental Protection and the mining regulatory program. Ward succeeds Austin Caperton, who has left state government.

“I am honored to be appointed to this position by Gov. Justice,” Ward said.

He has a bachelor’s in biology from West Virginia University and started his career in state government in 1989 as an inspector-in-training in the Division of Natural Resources.

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