The state Department of Environmental Protection has hired the agency's former environmental advocate to again fill the post.
Wendy Radcliff was appointed by DEP Secretary Randy Huffman and will resume the post on June 16, the agency said in a press release.
Radcliff was the first to hold the position after it was created in 1994, and served in the role until 1998, when she left to obtain her law degree from West Virginia University. She's been working for the last decade as an assistant state attorney general, providing legal guidance to the state's three environmental appeals boards.
"Wendy did an exemplary job as the DEP's first-ever environmental advocate, and I couldn't be more pleased that she has agreed to come back to the role to once again provide assistant to the public, Huffman said.
"This is a very important position within the agency and I can't think of a more ideal candidate. Not only does Wendy have the experience and knowledge to perform the job functions, but her strong communications skills should be a major asset as well.
The environmental advocate serves as a liaison between the DEP and individuals and groups concerned about the environment.
In this role, Radcliff will answer questions, address complaints and help solve problems. She will provide assistance on a variety of issues ranging from bringing the DEP's attention to community concerns to explaining how to file a public records request.
The position has been vacant since Jan. 31 when Pam Nixon, who had been in the role since shortly after Radcliff left, retired.
"I am excited about the opportunity to again serve the citizens of West Virginia as the DEP's environmental advocate and am eager to get started addressing their concerns, said Radcliff. "I'm also looking forward to renewing working relationships with former co-workers and getting to know new DEP employees as well.
Radcliff, a native West Virginian, grew up in Winfield and now lives in Charleston with her husband, West Virginia Public Broadcasting Executive Director Scott Finn, and their two children.
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