CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Wednesday he has hired a former state trooper and state ethics commission investigator to work in his consumer protection division.
Gordon Ingold, a 20-year veteran of the West Virginia State Police, will conduct investigations for the consumer protection division.
Morrisey said he found Ingold through Marty Wright, who previously worked at the West Virginia Ethics Commission but joined the attorney general's office earlier this month as public integrity officer and deputy attorney general.
"I was just thrilled with his background," Morrisey said.
Ingold worked in the internal affairs division and conducted investigations of public officials while working for the ethics commission.
He said hiring the former trooper would send a message to the people of West Virginia that his administration will treat people in a "fair, ethical and highly professional manner."
Ingold will make $43,000 a year in his new job.
According to VISTA, a payment database run by the state auditor's office, Ingold made $45,600 in 2011 working for the state police and the West Virginia Ethics Commission.
Morrisey, who beat longtime Attorney General Darrell McGraw in November's election, often criticized his predecessor's consumer protection division for joining class action lawsuits, which brought millions of dollars to the state over McGraw's 20-year tenure.