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McKennis Browning appointed Acting Director of the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice announced today that he has appointed McKennis (Kenny) Browning as the new Acting Director of the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training. He fills the position being vacated by the retiring Eugene White.

Browning is a native West Virginians with 45 years experience in the mining industry including underground mining and mine rescue. Most recently, he has served as the Inspector at Large for the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training in Oak Hill.

“Eugene White dedicated his career to improving mine safety and training and I want to wish him the best in his retirement,” said Gov. Justice. “I am excited to welcome Kenny as he steps into this position. I know he will continue our focus on safety and training for our mining community in West Virginia.”

“Kenny brings with him an impressive background and dedication to West Virginia in this role,” said West Virginia Department of Commerce Secretary James Bailey. “I am confident in his ability to lead MHS&T during this period.”

Governor Justice will make a permanent appointment for the position in the near future.

The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training is responsible for the supervision of the execution and enforcement of the provisions of the state’s mining laws and rules. Prime consideration is given to the protection of the safety and health of persons employed within or at the mines of the state. In addition, the agency protects and preserves mining property and property used in connection with mining activities.

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