Leadership

Commissioner, Betsy Jividen

Acting Deputy Commissioner, Paul Simmons

Paul began his career with the Division of Corrections at the West Virginia Penitentiary in July of 1987 as a Correctional Officer I and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and then Lieutenant. He was part of the transition team for closing the Penitentiary and opening the Mount Olive Correctional Complex. In February of 1998, Paul transferred to Saint Marys Correctional Center and in October of that same year joined the staff at Northern Correctional Center where he became the Associate Warden of Security in November, 2012. Paul also served as Northern Regional CERT Commander from 2001 to 2012. Paul was appointed as the Assistant Commissioner for the WV Division of Corrections on August 2, 2015, and then made Acting Deputy Commissioner effective May 27, 2017.

Acting Assistant Commissioner, Scott Patterson

Scott W. Patterson began his career with the West Virginia Division of Corrections in 1992. He served as Warden at Anthony Correctional Center from June of 1998 until July of 2007 when he accepted a position with the Department of Justice in Iraq.

He returned to the WV Division of Corrections in 2011 when he was once again appointed as the Warden of Anthony Correction Center. Her served in that capacity until he accepted the position of Director of Compliance and Audits in January of 2015. In January of 2017, he became the Director of the West Virginia Corrections Academy.

On May 27, 2017, Scott was made the Acting Assistant Commissioner.

Acting Chief of Staff, Anne Thomas

Ms. Thomas began her career with the WV Division of Corrections Mount Olive Correctional Complex in 1999. She has served as an Office Assistant II, Correctional Counselor I, Correctional Counselor II, Correctional Case Manager, Correctional Program Specialist, and Unit Manager at MOCC. She served as Associate Warden of Programs at Lakin Correctional Center in 2007 and as Central Office Director of Classification prior to becoming appointed Warden at PBCC on September 1, 2012. In addition to her corrections experience, Ms. Thomas graduated from the College of West Virginia in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences.