Justice meets with transition committees in Charleston
By Andrew Brown, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
Jim Justice met with seven private committees made up of a long list of hand-picked transition advisers Thursday, as the governor-elect continues to plan his incoming administration.
Justice previously had appointed the more than 280 people to policy groups covering education, infrastructure, tourism, health care, economic development, energy and the environment, and the state’s drug crisis.
Those individuals included lobbyists, millionaires, a U.S. Attorney, a former U.S. senator, current and former state elected officials, leaders of West Virgina’s two premier research universities, some of the state’s most well-known business officials and two executives from Justice’s own private businesses. The news release about the gathering of minds was marketed as a way to “generate policy ideas from West Virginians on the front lines” — something Justice talked about often on the campaign trail.
“I had recommendations from a lot of different people, but I reviewed the entire list of everybody,” Justice said, in his first news conference since he was elected in November. “These people are leaders in every facet of what they do all over the place and all over the state. So these people can really get it done and they will deliver great ideas.”
Justice has yet to choose most of the members of his incoming administration, but on Thursday, he said he would bring in the best and brightest.