Gov.-elect Jim Justice's transition team to meet soon

December 13, 2016
WSAZ 3 News Channel

The many members of Governor-elect Jim Justice’s transition policy committees meet for the first time Thursday in the Capital City with just more than a month remaining until Inauguration Day, according to WV MetroNews.

Each policy committee — covering topic areas of public education, healthcare/DHHR, drug epidemic, energy/environment, economic development, infrastructure and tourism — is charged with generating policy proposals for the Justice Administration.

Bill Ihlenfeld, U.S. attorney for West Virginia’s Northern District, is serving as co-chair of the committee focused on the drug epidemic.

He said the Mountain State must develop a comprehensive statewide strategy for responding to the drug threat as it is today. “It’s always evolving,” he noted. “The threat today will be different tomorrow and next month and next year.”

Ihlenfeld said West Virginia could potentially escalate the law enforcement response, improve data gathering and analysis when it comes to out of state drug traffickers, expand access to treatment and add to transition support for those re-entering society after jail and prison time.

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