West Virginia State Resource Center
West Virginia Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General is the chief legal officer of the State. Unlike attorneys general in some other states, he is not appointed by the Governor, but is elected by the people during each general election. The Office of the Attorney General must provide legal representation for all state agencies, state officials, state commissions and boards that call upon him. However, he does not have authority to prosecute criminal cases. He is also responsible for enforcing the State's consumer protection laws, as well as providing the public with consumer education and mediation services to resolve consumer complaints between businesses and consumers.
The Governor of West Virginia is the head of the executive branch of West Virginia's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the West Virginia Legislature, to convene the legislature at any time, and, except when prosecution has been carried out by the House of Delegates, to grant pardons and reprieves.
- Lt. Governor
While the West Virginia Constitution does not create or even mention the title of lieutenant governor, West Virginia Code 6A-1-4 creates this designation for the Senate President. The Senate President is first in the line of succession to the office of governor.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is responsible for overseeing the state's election process, including voter registration and election results reporting. The office of the Secretary of State is comprised of the following divisions: Administrative Law Division; Business Organizations Divisions; Charities Division, Elections Division; Executive Records Division; Notary Public Section; and UCC Section.
- State Auditor
The State Auditor serves as the State’s official bookkeeper, Chief Inspector and Supervisor over Public Offices, Securities Commissioner, and Commissioner of Delinquent and Non-entered Lands.
- State of West Virginia
West Virginia is a state in the Appalachian and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.
- State Treasurer
The Office of the State Treasurer serves as the state’s banker and chief investment officer, processes the state’s monies and pays all of the state’s bills. It's also the custodian, as designated by state law, for unclaimed property accounts The Treasurer educates and communicates with small businesses and individuals alike about the importance of pursuing and recovering unclaimed property, such as bank accounts, matured insurance policies, stocks, bonds, safe deposit box contents, weapons, and a wide variety of other items abandoned by their original owners.
West Virginia Legislative Branch
- West Virginia Legislature
The West Virginia Legislature is the elected, representative branch of State government formed by the constitution to make and revise laws, approve certain executive nominations, and propose constitutional changes. It is a bicameral body, split between the upper Senate and the lower House of Delegates.
West Virginia Court Rules and Forms
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Northern District of West VA Forms
Provides links to Local Bankruptcy Forms in pdf, WordPerfect, and Word formats.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Northern District of West VA Rules
Provides link to instant download of the Local Rules in pdf format.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Southern District of West VA Forms
Provides links to Local Bankruptcy Forms in pdf Form Fillable format.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Southern District of West VA Rules
Provides links to Local Bankruptcy Rules.
- West Virginia Court Forms
Provides links to the following forms in pdf format: Supreme Court of Appeals Docketing Statement; Administrative Appeals Docketing Statement; Workers' Compensation Docketing Statement; Post Conviction Habeas Corpus Form (Appendix A); Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Appendix B); Civil Case Information Statement; Civil Case Subpoena; Fee Waiver Forms - for use in Magistrate, Circuit and Family Court; Family Court Forms; Magistrate Court Forms; Domestic Violence Forms; Infant Guardianship Forms; Guardian Ad Litem Proceedings Forms - for use in Family Court; Mental Hygiene: Conservator/Guardian Forms; Mental Hygiene: Involuntary Commitment Forms; Forms for Expungement of Criminal Records; Forms for Foreign Language Interpreter/Translator Services; Court Reporter Forms; and West Virginia Judiciary Application for Employment.
- West Virginia Court Rules
Provides links to the following court rules: Appellate Procedure; Civil Procedure; Criminal Procedure; Trial Court Rules; Rules of Evidence; Family Court Rules of Practice and Procedure; Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings; Rules of Practice and Procedure for Infant Guardianship Proceedings; Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law; Rules of Juvenile Procedure; Code of Judicial Conduct; Rules Governiing Post-Conviction Habeas Corpus Proceedings; Rules of Civil Procedure for the Magistrate Courts; Administrative Rules for the Magistrate Courts; Rules of Practice and Procedure for Domestic Violence Civil Proceedings; Rules Governing Administrative Appeals; Rules of Judicial Disciplinary Procedure; Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure; and Rules of Professionoal Conduct.
West Virginia Judicial Branch
- West Virginia Court System/Supreme Court of Appeals
The judiciary is one of three coequal branches of state government. The judicial branch interprets and applies the law in cases brought before the courts. The West Virginia courts include: the Supreme Court; the Circuit Courts; the Family Courts; and the Magistrate Courts.
West Virginia Executive Branch
- Bureau of Senior Services
The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services acts as the lead entity for programs serving older West Virginians. A Commissioner appointed by the Governor is the chief administrative officer and oversees all program and fiscal operations. Serving as the lead advocate for older West Virginians, the Bureau works in partnership with approximately 140 local organizations and groups to meet the needs of senior West Virginians.
- Department of Administration
The mission of the Department of Administration is to operate a cost-efficient, customer-oriented service department whose actions are transparent to taxpayers resulting in innovative solutions and quality results for a government that effectively serves West Virginians.
- Department of Agriculture
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture protects plant, animal and human health through a variety of scientific, regulatory and consumer protection programs, as mandated by state law. The Commissioner of Agriculture is one of six statewide elected officials in West Virginia.
- Department of Commerce
The overall mission of the Department of Commerce is to promote and preserve the well-being of the citizens of West Virginia by providing a cooperative interagency system that stimulates diverse economic growth and increased employment opportunities for all West Virginians, encourages the appropriate use of the state’s abundant natural resources, improves the safety and productivity of West Virginia's work force, and promotes the beauty and desirability of the state as a world-class tourism destination. Previously, the office had been called the Bureau of Commerce. A 2005 reorganization renamed the office, consolidated additional agencies under the department, and created the cabinet-level position of Secretary of Commerce, who is the chief executive officer of the department.
- Department of Education
The Department of Education provides resources and guidance to West Virginia's public schools and districts as they implement the state's K-12 education requirements.
- Department of Education and the Arts
The Department of Education and the Arts provides statewide leadership and innovation, enhancing arts and minds throughout West Virginia. Composed of five agencies and a number of special programs originating from the Cabinet Secretary’s Office, the Department seeks to reinforce the rich heritage of culture, education and artistic creation in West Virginia.
- Department of Environmental Protection
The mission of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is to promote a healthy environment. The department is made up of many divisions and offices, which include the Division of Air Quality; the Division of Water and Waste Management (DWWM); the Office of Abandoned Mine Lands & Reclamation; the Division of Mining and Reclamation; and the Office of Oil and Gas.
- Department of Health and Human Resources
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is responsible for administering many programs that benefit the citizens of West Virginia. Some of these include: Women, Infants and Children (WIC); Medicaid; Family Assistance; Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT); Children and Adult Services; and Children's Health Insurance (WVCHIP).
- Department of Revenue
The mission of the Department of Revenue is to administer and enforce West Virginia revenue laws, to efficiently collect the proper amount of revenues due the State, to fairly and economically administer laws pertaining to the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages, to oversee the fairness and financial stability of State financial businesses and the insurance industry in a way that will benefit all West Virginians, to constantly safeguard the integrity of regulated gaming activities and the integrity of amateur, professional and semiprofessional boxing events, to serve as fiscal agent for general obligation bonds issued by local government entities, to serve as staff in preparing the Governor’s annual State budget in accordance with the State Constitution and to implement and execute the budget after enactment by the Legislature, and to inform and otherwise serve the citizens of West Virginia, all in a manner that maximizes voluntary compliance, provides meaningful assistance, and builds confidence in our frugality, integrity, effectiveness, and fairness.
- Department of Transportation
It is the mission of the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) to create and maintain for the people of West Virginia, the United States and the world a multi-modal and inter-modal transportation system that supports the safe, effective and efficient movement of people, information and goods that enhances the opportunity for people and communities to enjoy environmentally sensitive and economically sound development. WVDOT is comprised of more than 6,000 men and women who work in the Division of Highways; Division of Motor Vehicles; Division of Public Transit; the Public Port Authority; the Parkways, Economic Development and Tourism Authority (W.V. Turnpike); the State Rail Authority; and the Aeronautics Commission.
- Division of Banking
The Division of Banking is responsible for the supervision of financial institutions licensed and chartered by the State of West Virginia as well as other entities which engage in financial activity in the state. The Division supervises state chartered banks, state chartered credit unions, regulated consumer lenders, mortgage lenders, brokers, and loan originators, companies engaged in currency exchange, transmission and transportation, and supervised financial institutions.
- Division of Corrections
The mission of the West Virginia Division of Corrections is to enhance public safety by providing safe, secure, and humane correctional facilities, operating an effective system of offender re-entry and community supervision, reducing offender recidivism, and assisting victims of crime.
- Division of Culture and History
The mission of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History is to identify, preserve, protect, promote and present the ideas, arts and artifacts of West Virginia’s heritage, building pride in the state's past accomplishments and confidence in its future.
- Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
The primary purpose of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is to provide coordination to assist local emergency managers and first responders to provide for the protection of life and property. During state emergencies, the division activates the State Emergency Operations Center to respond to and coordinate materials and assistance needed by local emergency services to protect lives and property. It also coordinates the recovery efforts after the disaster with all responsible government agencies
- Division of Labor
Operating under the umbrella of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, the Division of Labor is a multi-faceted and diverse state agency that touches nearly every aspect of the lives of consumers and businesses in West Virginia. The Division's Wage & Hour section ensures that WV workers receive all the wages and benefits that are due them. Through its Contractor Licensing program, it verifies contractor licenses at job sites and issues cease & desist orders to unlicensed contractors, crane operators and plumbers. Its Weights & Measures program certifies the accuracy of all commercial weighing and measuring devices used by manufacturers and producers in order that West Virginia products can be sold at home and abroad.
- Division of Natural Resources
Natural Resources is a Division of the Department of Commerce. The Division provides and administers a long-range comprehensive program for the exploration, conservation, development, protection, enjoyment and use of the state's natural resources.
- Division of Tourism
wvtourism.com is the official tourism site for West Virginia. The mission of the Division of Tourism is to cultivate a world-class travel and tourism industry in West Virginia through creation of jobs, stimulation of investment, expansion of current tourism attractions and promotion of a positive state image, thereby improving the way of life for West Virginians.
- Office of Instructional Technology
The Office of Instructional Technology provides statewide integrated technology initiatives, programs and projects for PreK-12 public schools and career, technical and adult education centers. The implementations include comprehensive components such as planning, hardware, software, infrastructure, professional development, instructional utilization, evaluations and assessment.
- State Parks and Forests
The mission of the State Parks and Forests is to promote conservation by preserving and protecting natural areas of unique or exceptional scenic, scientific, cultural, archaeological, or historical significance and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for the citizens of West Virginia and its visitors. The State Park system is composed of 35 state parks, seven state forests, five wildlife management areas, the Greenbrier River Trail, and the North Bend Rail Trail.
- State Police
The West Virginia State Police is a paramilitary organization, state law enforcement agency that provides statewide police services to the residents of West Virginia. It is the fourth oldest state police agency. Like other state law enforcement agencies, West Virginia troopers enforce traffic laws statewide, investigate crimes and protect the governor and his immediate family. The agency also runs its own forensic laboratory and provide scientific investigation services to law enforcement agencies across the state.
- West Virginia Conservation Agency
The West Virginia Conservation Agency (WVCA) coordinates statewide conservation efforts. The West Virginia State Code charges the WVCA to conserve natural resources, control floods, prevent impairment of dams and reservoirs, assist in maintaining the navigability of rivers and harbors, conserve wildlife, protect the tax base, protect public lands and protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the people.
- West Virginia Housing Development Fund
The Housing Development Fund (HDF) is a public body corporate, and governmental instrumentality of the State of West Virginia, established to develop and improve housing opportunities for its residents. It is is the state's affordable mortgage finance agency providing safe, decent, affordable housing opportunities to West Virginians.
- West Virginia Lottery
The West Virginia Lottery originated in November 1984, when voters passed a lottery amendment to the state constitution. Lottery profits were initially transferred to the state's General Fund. In 1989, lawmakers dedicated lottery profits to programs benefiting education, senior citizens, and tourism. The Lottery contracts with private vendors to provide the instant and on-line central computer systems for all traditional games.
- West Virginia Network for Educational Telecomputing
WVNET is the West Virginia Network, a dynamic service organization providing telecommunications and computing services within West Virginia. WVNET was created in 1975 to provide central computing facilities and wide-area network communications linking its "central site" computing resources in Morgantown with the campus computing systems at most of the colleges and universities throughout the state. It has since grown to provide services for K-12 schools, government and non-profit agencies.
- WORKFORCE West Virgina
WORKFORCE West Virginia is a network of workforce development services designed to provide West Virginia's citizens and employers the opportunity to compete in today’s competitive global economy. By making available the appropriate educational and training opportunities, West Virginia can provide its citizens with the work skills needed by businesses currently in the state or planning a West Virginia location.
West Virginia Boards and Commissions
- Alcohol Beverage Control Commission
The mission of the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABCA) is to sell and control the use of alcoholic beverages and to enforce the laws and regulations regarding alcoholic beverages in West Virginia. The ABCA Licensing Division is tasked with ensuring that applicants comply with West Virginia law pertaining to the issue of and maintenance of licenses, encompassing all aspects of the handling, serving, and sale of alcoholic beverages. The ABCA Enforcement Division enforces numerous alcohol laws that deal with the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, consumption, and possession of alcoholic beverages.
- Board of Risk and Insurance Management
The primary responsibility for the Board of Risk and Insurance Management (BRIM) is to provide casualty insurance coverage for all State Agencies. This includes protection from lawsuits and other liability claims resulting from incidents due to automobile accidents, employment practices, property, flood, general liability, and medical professional liability at the respective teaching institutions. BRIM operates a similar insurance program for Boards of Education, County Commissions , Cities and Towns, other governmental entities, and many non-profit organizations around the state.
- Consolidated Public Retirement Board
The Consolidated Public Retirement Board is responsible for the administration of all State retirement plans for educational employees, public employees, deputy sheriffs, judges, and public safety personnel with the exclusion of some higher educational plans. Although the Consolidated Public Retirement Board administers many retirement systems, the assets and the administration of each system remain separate and distinct.
- Ethics Commission
The WV Ethics Commission was created in 1989 to implement and enforce a code of ethical conduct enacted by the Legislature for public servants. In 1999 the Ethics Commission was also given the responsibility of issuing advisory opinions on the Open Governmental Meetings Law.
- Higher Education Policy Commission
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) is responsible for developing, establishing, and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for the state's four-year colleges and universities. It is charged with oversight of higher education institutions to ensure they are accomplishing their missions and implementing the provisions set by state statute.
- Public Service Commission
The mission of the Public Service Commission is to support and promote a utility regulatory and transportation safety environment that balances the interests of all parties and pursues excellence through quality. The Commision does so to ensure that reasonably priced and reliable utility services are available to all customers, and to increase business investment, job creation/retention, and the state’s overall economic competitiveness.
- Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board
The mission of the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board is to protect the public interest by assuring that all consumers of real estate appraisal services receive such services from appraisers who are fully qualified in accordance with both Federal and State law. These responsibilities are accomplished through a variety of efforts including testing of potential licensees, pre-license and continuing education requirements, investigation of complaints and disciplinary action against licensees as warranted.
- Solid Waste Management Board
The purpose of the Solid Waste Management Board is to provide guidance and direction to the state, county and municipal governments in: protecting the public health and welfare by establishing a comprehensive program of solid waste collection, processing, recycling and disposal to be implemented by State and local government in cooperation with the private sector; assisting in the planning and implementation of effective recycling programs; and reducing solid waste management problems by establishing programs and plans based on an integrated waste management hierarchy.
- West Virginia Commission on the Arts
The West Virginia Commission on the Arts, established in 1967, works with artists, arts organizations, schools, and community groups to foster a fertile environment for the artistic, cultural, educational and economic development of the state.
- West Virginia Developmental Disability Council
The Developmental Disability Council works to assure that West Virginians with developmental disabilities receive the services, supports, and other forms of assistance they need to achieve independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in the community. Over 60% of the Council is comprised of citizens with developmental disabilities and family members of people with developmental disabilities. The remaining members represent State and private organizations concerned with the provision of services to people with developmental disabilities.
- West Virginia Library Commission
The mission of the West Virginia Library Commission (WVLC) is to promote, assist, and support the development of effective and efficient library services that ensure all citizens in the state access to the highest quality library services and information resources to meet their needs. WVLC administers federal and state grants for public library support and services.