Leadership

Commissioner, Jim Rubenstein

Commissioner Jim Rubenstein Jim Rubenstein was appointed Commissioner of the WVDOC in June 2001, after serving as Acting Commissioner since February 2001. He is tasked with the responsibility to oversee the day to day operations of the Division of Corrections throughout the entire State of West Virginia.

Mr. Rubenstein has a Masters in Leadership Studies from Marshall University and over three decades in the corrections profession. Mr. Rubenstein began his career with Corrections in 1973 as a Correctional Officer at the Forestry Camp for Boys. He also served as a Recreation Coordinator, a Correctional Officer, and a Counselor at the WV Industrial School for Boys. Mr. Rubenstein went on to serve as a Corrections Case Manager and Corrections Unit Manager at Pruntytown Correctional Center. In 1994, he was named Superintendent of Anthony Correctional Center. In late 1998, he was named Deputy Warden of St. Marys Correctional Center and was instrumental in the conversion of that facility from a state hospital to a medium security correctional institution. On June 1, 1999, he was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Institutional Operations and served in that position until his appointment as Commissioner. His qualifications and skills offer him a unique opportunity to bring insight and experience to the WVDOC. His career in corrections has prepared him with the management abilities, training and development skills, and interpersonal communications expertise necessary to promote programs, technology and training within the WVDOC.

Commissioner Rubenstein is affiliated with the following organizations: Member of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), member of the American Correctional Association (ACA), Secretary for the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority Board, member and former President of the WV Association of Correctional Employees (WV ACE), member of Southern States Correctional Association (SSCA), member of the WV Interstate Compact for Supervision of Adult Offenders, member of Holley Strength Systems, Buckhannon Power Team, United States Power Lifting Federation, Honorary Member of Grafton Rotary Club, and National Association of Strength Athletes.

Deputy Commissioner, Mike Coleman

Mike Coleman was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Corrections by Commissioner Jim Rubenstein on June 1, 2015. Deputy Commissioner Coleman began his career as a Correctional Officer at the West Virginia Penitentiary in 1984 where he subsequently served as a Sergeant, Protective Custody Unit Commander, Training Sergeant and as a member of the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT).

In 1992, he transferred to the Corrections Academy as a Lieutenant where he was responsible for Basic Training operations and served as Chief Firearms Instructor, Use of Force Training Coordinator, and as Assistant Team Leader on the Penitentiary CERT Team. In January 1995, Mr. Coleman was promoted to Executive Assistant to the Warden and transferred to the Mount Olive Correctional Complex, where he subsequently served as Associate Warden-Operations, Associate Warden-Security, Deputy Warden, and 14 months as Acting Warden. In April 2005, the Commissioner appointed him Director of Security with responsibility and authority for Special Operations [Corrections Emergency Response Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, and K9 Unit], Correctional Hearing Officers, the Intelligence Unit, and Liaison with McDowell County Corrections. He was appointed Assistant Commissioner in October 2013, overseeing wardens and administrators of all WVDOC institutions.

Deputy Commissioner Coleman is a graduate of numerous training courses conducted by and through the West Virginia Corrections Academy, the National Institute of Corrections, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and others. He has served as a training consultant to the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Corrections, the American Correctional Association, L.A. Media and KAIROS of WV Prison Ministry. He is affiliated with the following organizations: member of the American Correctional Association having served on its the Adult Prisons Committee, member and former President of the WV Association of Correctional Employees, member of the Southern States Correctional Association, member of the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation, and member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA).

Assistant Commissioner, Loita Butcher

Loita Butcher was appointed to the position of Assistant Commissioner, effective May 16, 2015. Loita began her career with the WVDOC at the Central Office in March 1994, as the Secretary of the Legal Division. In July 1995, she accepted the position of Legislative Analyst in the WV Legislature and then returned to the DOC in April 1996 as the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner. Most recently she served as the Chief of Staff for the WVDOC. Prior to her career with Corrections, Loita served as the Legal Assistant in the Clay County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Loita has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement and corrections fields, which provided her with the knowledge and background to be a valuable asset in the position of Assistant Commissioner.

In FY 2015, Ms. Butcher submitted legislative requests for every agency under the umbrella of Military Affairs and Public Safety to include the Cabinet Secretary’s Office, National Guard, Division of Corrections, Correctional Industries, Justice and Community Services, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Fire Marshal, Juvenile Services, Parole Board, Protective Services, Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, West Virginia State Police and Veteran’s Affairs. A bill is an idea for a new law, or an idea to change or do away with an existing law. Hundreds of bills enter the legislative process in West Virginia each time the Legislature meets. Two groups of elected citizens - 34 senators and 100 delegates - study, discuss and vote on bills, and in doing so act for the people of West Virginia. Bills enter the legislative process either through the House of Delegates or the Senate, but to become a law, a bill must pass both chambers and avoid a governor’s veto.

The following is a brief synopsis of some of the bills, Ms. Butcher submitted to the Legislature and were passed during the 2015 Legislative Session:

SB374 – Permitting in abstentia parole hearings in certain instances (effective March 6, 2015): This Act provides that the requirement that an inmate personally appear for a parole hearing may be waived in cases where a physician authorized to do so by the Commissioner of Corrections certifies that the inmate, due to a medical condition or disease, is too debilitated, either physically or cognitively, to appear.HB-2200 - Revising, rearranging, consolidating and recodifying the laws of the State of West Virginia relating to child welfare (Effective February 16, 2015) Specifically, section §49-4-722. Conviction for offense while in custody.

  1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, any person who is eighteen years of age or older, who is convicted as an adult of an offense that he or she committed while in the custody of the Division of Juvenile Services and, who is therefore sentenced to a regional jail or state correctional facility for the offense may not be returned to the custody of the division upon completion of his or her adult sentence until a hearing is held before the court which committed the person to the custody of the Division of Juvenile Services at which hearing the division may present any objections it may have to return the person to its custody. If the division does object and the court overrules the division’s objections, it shall make specific written findings as to its rationale for overruling the objections.
  2. No person who is eighteen years of age or older who is convicted as an adult of a felony crime of violence against the person while in the custody of the Division of Juvenile Services be returned to the custody of the Division of Juvenile Services upon completion of his or her adult sentence.

HB2025 – Prohibiting certain sex offenders from loitering within 1,000 feet of a school or child care facility (effective May 26, 2015): This Act does just as the title states: prohibits sex offenders on extended supervision from loitering within one thousand feet of a school or child care facility.

HB2274 – Authorizing the Commissioner of Corrections to enter into Mutual Aid Agreements (effective May 21, 2015): This Act gives the Commissioner of Corrections, with the consent of the Secretary of DMAPS, the authority to enter into and sign Mutual Aid Agreements with other entities.

HB2606 – Clarifying the potential sentence for disorderly conduct (Effective June 9, 2015): This Act clarifies that a person convicted of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, may be confined in jail instead of the DOC for twenty-four hours, or fined not more than $100.

Assistant Commissioner, Paul Simmons

Paul began his career with the Division of Corrections at the West Virginia Penitentiary in July of 1987 as a Correctional Officer I and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and then Lieutenant. He was part of the transition team for closing the Penitentiary and opening the Mount Olive Correctional Complex. In February of 1998, Paul transferred to Saint Marys Correctional Center and in October of that same year joined the staff at Northern Correctional Center where he became the Associate Warden of Security in November, 2012. Paul also served as Northern Regional CERT Commander from 2001 to 2012. Paul was appointed as the Assistant Commissioner for the WV Division of Corrections on August 2, 2015.

Chief of Staff, Brad Douglas

Brad Douglas started with the WVDOC in February 2000 as a Data Analyst. In that function he assisted with the establishment and development of the WVDOC’s Office of Research & Planning. In 2002, Brad was promoted to Criminal Justice Specialist 2. Later, in December 2003 after the retirement of the Director of Research & Planning, Brad was promoted to that position and served as such until 2011. In 2011, Commissioner Rubenstein merged the Information Technology and Research & Planning units into the Office of Research & Technology with Brad in the Director’s position. In July 2015, Brad was selected to take on the Chief of Staff role and currently holds that position.

Brad was instrumental in the development of the Supreme Court Ordered “Master Plan to Address Prison Overcrowding”, served as staff on the Governor’s Commission on Prison Overcrowding in 2009, and served as a primary WVDOC technical consultant during the development and adoption of the Council of State Government’s “Justice Reinvestment in West Virginia” initiative. Brad was also co-project manager of the IMIS Steering Committee and served as WVDOC and DMAPS project manager in the more recent Offender Information System project. Brad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from West Virginia State University, and a Masters in Justice Leadership from Marshall University. In 2001, Brad was the recipient of the WV Association of Correctional Employee’s K.D. Knapp Scholarship and the Southern States Correctional Association Scholarship.