CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed Lisa Hopkins as state auditor.
The Democratic governor announced the appointment Friday.
Hopkins has worked for the auditor's office since 1999 and has served as general counsel and deputy commissioner of securities since 2001.
She has a bachelor's degree from Barnard College at Columbia University and a law degree from Boston University.
She replaces longtime Auditor Glen Gainer.
The 56-year-old Gainer announced in December that he wouldn't seek re-election this year. He later announced that he'd resign May 14 for a job with the National White Collar Crime Center.
He first won the four-year auditor job in 1992. His father served as state auditor from 1976 to 1992.
Democrat Mary Ann Claytor faces Republican JB McCuskey in the November election for the auditor job.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va (WTAP)- Just a few weeks ago he announced his early departure from his role as West Virginia state auditor. Thursday, we know where Glen Gainer is headed.
The National White Collar Crime Center in Richmond, Virginia, announces Gainer as their next President and CEO. He'll begin his role on May 15th.
The group, known for training law enforcement across the country, previously employed Gainer as their Board Chairman for 18 years.
Governor Tomblin is set to name a replacement for Gainer by May 14th.
CHARLESTON, W.Va (WTAP)- West Virginia's State Auditor announces he's stepping down months short of the end of his 6th term.
Glen Gainer decided to not run for re-election with his current term expected to end next January.
Thursday he announces his plans to step down on May 14th and join a nonprofit based group.
The 56- year old Democrat did not say what non profit group he will be joining. Governor Tomblin will appoint an interim auditor for the remainder of 2016.