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Governor appoints acting director of juvenile services

By From staff reports

Stephanie Bond will take over as acting director of the West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office announced Wednesday.

The change in leadership follows Tuesday's firing of former director Dale Humphreys.

"Stephanie's knowledge and experience have guided her throughout her career - in her first position as a counselor and now in her capacity as acting director," Tomblin said in a news release. "She has done an outstanding job and I'm confident the youth of our state will continue to benefit from her public service."  

There was no mention in the release as to why Humphreys was fired, and Tomblin spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin declined to comment on the issue. She did say the personnel decision was made jointly by the governor's office and the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Humphreys and the division came under scrutiny in the last year as questions surfaced over the conditions at the state Industrial Home for Youth in Salem, the only maximum-security juvenile center in West Virginia.

There were allegations the center was run too much like a prison, and that the system as a whole was putting too emphasis on punishment rather than rehabilitation, said Cindy Largent-Hill, juvenile services monitor appointed by the Supreme Court.

"It seemed as if consistently there was a lack of leadership from the central office helping the field work with the teams who were there," Largent-Hill told the Daily Mail Tuesday.

In August, Humphreys told the Daily Mail he had led the division for six years.

Bond, who until today worked as supervisor at the Kenneth "Honey" Rubenstein Juvenile Center in Davis, takes over immediately.

She has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Fairmont State University and a master's in counseling from West Virginia University.


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