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Janie Cole Named Commissioner Of DHHR’s Bureau for Family Assistance

A headshot of Janie Cole.
Janie Cole has been named Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Family Assistance.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced Friday the appointment of Janie Cole as the new commissioner of the Bureau for Family Assistance.

Cole holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Child Development and Family Studies from West Virginia University.

Her first appointment to the DHHR was the Deputy Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families, which dissolved to form the Bureau for Family Assistance and the Bureau for Social Services.

“Janie brings experience and compassion to her leadership role,” said Dr. Jeffrey Coben, interim cabinet secretary of the DHHR. “She has an incredible vision for helping West Virginia’s children, families, and adults improve their quality of life.” 

Since August 2021, Cole has served as Interim Commissioner of the Bureau for Family Assistance. Cole’s appointment is effective Jan. 28, 2023.

“I am deeply honored to continue serving West Virginians,” Cole said. “We have a wonderful team at the Bureau for Family Assistance, and we will continue our efforts to help our fellow residents achieve their full potential.”