Newly-appointed director of the Parkways Authority ready to get to work for Southern West Virginia

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – From managing one of the state’s largest counties to now managing one of the state’s largest roadways, Raleigh County Administrator Jeff Miller is leaving his post with the county to become the executive director of the West Virginia Parkways Authority. 

The announcement was made on Thursday that he would take office on August 10 following the retirement of Greg Barr.  

“I’m really excited about it and I’m thankful for the opportunity,” Miller said. “I think I bring a skill set to that position that will be valuable to the Parkways Authority with my ability to manage and lead, especially a large organization such as that, but to also build upon the success that has been generated through the West Virginia Parkways Authority for several years.” 

Miller is a Beckley native and has spent a decade working in finance and banking, and for the past two years has been the Raleigh County Administrator.

He was appointed to the executive director position by Governor Jim Justice who says he chose Miller because of his vast experience in finance and government. 

“I think Jeff Miller will do a wonderful job,” Gov. Justice said. “Jeff has got a great mind, you know, he led a bank here in this community for a while. He’s done a lot of great public service work. He’s got a great deal of feel and a great love for our state beyond belief, and I think Jeff will do a great job.” 

As someone who will head up all things that have to do with the West Virginia Turnpike from tolls booths to travel plazas, Miller says he plans to work with Tamarack to further develop the travel plazas on the turnpike.

Although he says he has a lot to learn, he’s ready to hit the ground running. 

“I’m, by no means at all, an expert or know everything there is,” Miller said. “But I hope to bring a fresh set of ideas to this position and things that we’ll be able to incorporate and implement very soon that will be efficient to the Parkways.” 

Miller’s last day with the county will be August 7.

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Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.