Leadership

Acting Commissioner, Mike Coleman

Mike Coleman was appointed Acting Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Corrections on November 1, 2017. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Coleman had been on special assignment from his position as Deputy Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Corrections, to the Office of the Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Acting Commissioner Coleman began his career as a Correctional Officer at the West Virginia Penitentiary in 1984 where he subsequently served as a Sergeant, Protective Custody Unit Commander, Training Sergeant and as a member of the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT).

In 1992, he transferred to the Corrections Academy as a Lieutenant where he was responsible for Basic Training operations and served as Chief Firearms Instructor, Use of Force Training Coordinator, and as Assistant Team Leader on the Penitentiary CERT Team. In January 1995, Mr. Coleman was promoted to Executive Assistant to the Warden and transferred to the Mount Olive Correctional Complex, where he subsequently served as Associate Warden-Operations, Associate Warden-Security, Deputy Warden, and 14 months as Acting Warden. In April 2005, the Commissioner appointed him Director of Security with responsibility and authority for Special Operations [Corrections Emergency Response Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, and K9 Unit], Correctional Hearing Officers, the Intelligence Unit, and Liaison with McDowell County Corrections. He was appointed Assistant Commissioner in October 2013, overseeing wardens and administrators of all WVDOC institutions.

Deputy Commissioner Coleman is a graduate of numerous training courses conducted by and through the West Virginia Corrections Academy, the National Institute of Corrections, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and others. He has served as a training consultant to the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Corrections, the American Correctional Association, L.A. Media and KAIROS of WV Prison Ministry. He is affiliated with the following organizations: member of the American Correctional Association having served on its Adult Prisons Committee, member and former President of the WV Association of Correctional Employees, member of the Southern States Correctional Association, member of the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation, and member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA).

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.