CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Secretary of Administration Ross Taylor has picked Gregory Melton to serve as director of the department's General Services Division. Taylor issued a press release Monday morning announcing Melton's appointment.
"With his various experiences in facility management and leadership, Greg has the qualities and skill set that will prove beneficial in overseeing the multi-faceted and diverse responsibilities of the General Services Division," Taylor said. "On behalf of state government, I am pleased to welcome Greg back home to West Virginia. I am confident that his vision and strong leadership will guide this division to continued progress for the benefit of our state citizens and visitors of our state buildings."
Melton, of Los Alamos, N.M., will begin his new job April 1.
A former West Virginia resident, Melton previously worked as maintenance manager for the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Maintenance and Site Services Division, according to the press release. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving as vice commander of the 10 Air Base Wing and commander of the 10 Mission Support Group. He also was chief of the Air Force Reserve Command's Engineering and Construction Division.
Melton received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University, and a master's in engineering management from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio.
Former General Services Director David Oliverio left his post on March 8. Diane Holley-Brown, spokeswoman for the Department of Administration, would not discuss the terms of his departure - whether he quit or was fired - saying it is a "personnel matter."
Oliverio first became director in February 2006, appointed by then-Gov. Joe Manchin after the firing of former director Jim Burgess. Burgess was fired after the Legislative Auditor's office uncovered overtime and contract abuse in that office, as well as an apparent CD and DVD piracy operation in the Capitol basement.
The General Services Division has a $73 million annual budget, with more than 100 employees. It oversees 33 different buildings throughout state government, including the State Capitol campus, managing maintenance, repair, renovations, construction of new facilities, as well as grounds-keeping and custodial services.