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W.Va. Homeland Secretary To Retire

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Jeff Sandy, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, will retire Aug. 1. Gov. Jim Justice announced the retirement Wednesday during his regular briefing. 

Sandy served in the Justice administration for seven years. He was the governor’s first appointment of secretaries.

“Jeff Sandy has done an amazing job as Secretary of Homeland Security,” Justice said. “He’s an honorable man who’s helped my administration in countless ways, and we will greatly miss his tireless work. I can never thank him enough for his service these past seven years and I wish him the absolute best in his retirement.”

His accomplishments in his position include the reorganization of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. He also oversaw the consolidation of jails, prisons and juvenile centers into one unit. 

Justice thanked Sandy for his service and presented him with a Distinguished West Virginian award earlier in the day.

Justice also announced Sandy’s replacement, Mark Sorsaia, effective Aug. 1.