On Monday, Gov. Justice announced that Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard, will be retiring from his post in the WVNG, but will continue to serve the state as a Senior Associate Vice President at WVU.
“The general and I had a conversation very recently where he expressed his desire to retire from uniform, but that he wanted to continue to serve the state," said Gov. Justice. "He also told me he wanted to continue to be a part of my leadership team leading our COVID response and preparing for vaccine distribution. I agreed that we would develop a plan for him to play a key role working for me but in a different status”
Gov. Justice went on to announce that, at the recommendation of Maj. Gen. Hoyer, he is appointing Brig. Gen. Bill Crane to serve as the new Adjutant General to lead the West Virginia National Guard. This transition will occur on January 4, 2021.