CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- School administrator and Lincoln County Delegate Josh Stowers will take a new job with the state treasurer's office.
Stowers, a Democrat, said Monday morning in a phone interview he's taking the job of deputy treasurer and is poised to become assistant treasurer at the start of next year.
"My entire career has been in public service: it's been in education, it's been in the Legislature," Stowers said. "This to me was just a great opportunity to continue to serve the people of West Virginia in a greater capacity."
Longtime Assistant Treasurer Danny Ellis plans to retire at the end of the year. Stowers said Treasurer John Perdue approached him a few weeks ago: Stowers will learn the ropes as a deputy treasurer, and then take over for Ellis when he leaves.
Stowers is an assistant principal at Horace Mann Middle School in Charleston with 10 years of experience in public education. In his new job, he will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the office. His time as an administrator and manager will help him in the new post, he said.
In a press release, Perdue said he's excited for Stowers to join the office.
"Josh has exhibited excellent leadership and administrative skills. He also has a strong background in education, which aligns well with my pro-education services such as the SMART529 College Savings Plan and the NetWorth financial literacy initiative," he said in the release.
At Horace Mann he helped students enroll in the office's Smart529 College Savings and financial literacy programs. He's seen them work at his school, and he hopes to highlight some of the education finance programs offered by the treasurer's office.
"I think it's even more critical that we continue to expand awareness that there is a solid program run out of treasurer's office," Stowers said.
"If we continue to spread that awareness for parents at a younger age, they will be able to save for that college education at a younger age."