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W.Va. mine safety agency gets new director

Greg Norman has been promoted to director of the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety & Training, the governor's office announced Jan. 25.

Norman has been with the agency since 2006 and has been deputy director since 2013. Before that, he worked in mines as a roof bolter, certified electrician, maintenance foreman and a member of mine rescue teams, the announcement said.

He also spent three years as a field representative and for United Mine Workers of America and later served as chairman of the Local 1713 safety committee and as president of the local.

"Greg Norman has always been a strong advocate for our coal miners and will continue working to keep them as safe as possible," Gov. Jim Justice said in a news release. "He has the experience and the knowledge to improve safety and enhance training. Greg's expertise will continue to make a real difference for our miners."

Eugene White will serve as the deputy director for the agency.