The Department of Revenue is comprised of 10 agencies including Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, West Virginia Division of Financial Institutions, West Virginia State Budget Office, West Virginia Lottery Commission, Municipal Bond Commission, West Virginia Office of Tax Appeals, West Virginia Racing Commission, West Virginia State Tax Department, West Virginia Insurance Commissioner's Office, and State Athletic Commission.
Alcohol Beverage Control Administration
900 Pennsylvania Ave. 4th Floor
Charleston, WV 25302
The Legislature created the ABCA in 1935 after the repeal of the state prohibition amendment. Its complex mission is to regulate, enforce, and control the sales and distribution, transportation, storage, and consumption of alcoholic liquors and nonintoxicating beer as mandated by the West Virginia Liquor Control Act and Nonintoxicating Beer Act. Folded into that mission is an educational component that reaches students and the public regarding issues of underage drinking, fetal alcohol syndrome and driving under the influence.
Governor Jim Justice appointed Fred Wooton commissioner of the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration February 2017.
Wooton has been with the ABCA for more than 25 years serving in a variety of roles including inspector, enforcement agent and enforcement supervisor. He has instructed officers and cadets at the West Virginia State Police Academy on the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control laws, rules and regulations since 2004, and for a number of years, Wooton served on the Policies and Procedures Executive Committee at the agency.
Prior to joining ABCA, Wooton worked 12 years in the lodging, food and beverage industry in southern West Virginia. He is a 1984 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He resides in Beckley with his wife, Debra.
West Virginia Division of Financial Institutions
900 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 306
Charleston WV 25302
The mission of the Division of Financial Institutions is to regulate state-chartered and licensed financial institutions to ensure that their products and services are safe, fair, and necessary for the financial public.
Governor Justice appointed Dawn Holstein commissioner of the Division of Financial Institutions in March 2017. She had been serving as acting commissioner for 18 months.
Holstein has more than 20 years of experience with the agency, serving in the roles of safety and soundness examiner, information technology examiner, staff analyst, director of Depository Institutions, and acting commissioner. She is responsible for the supervision, continuity, and quality control of all examination programs for depository institutions in all operational areas including safety and soundness, trust operations, information technology operations, and bank holding company oversight. Holstein continues to be responsible for the depository unit’s applications and chartering function as well as formulating policies and procedures related to a wide range of examination and administrative issues. She represents the division at meetings with financial institution executives and federal and state regulators.
Holstein earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marshall University where she majored in accounting. She is also a certified information systems auditor.
West Virginia State Budget Office
Building 1, Room 310-W
Charleston, WV 25305
The State Budget Office acts as the staff agency for the Governor in the exercise of his or her powers and duties under the state constitution in providing budgetary information and control to all branches of state government to assist in making accurate budget decisions and ensure compliance with department and government policies. On the agency’s website, you can find the Governor’s Executive Budget documents, as well as budget bills approved by the Legislature. You also can view a variety of charts and reports including monthly revenue reports and appropriations.
Michael Cook was named Director of the State Budget Office effective August 4, 2018, where he works closely with the Governor and the Legislature in all aspects of the budget process. Most recently, Cook served as Senior Budget and Policy Analyst for the West Virginia Senate. He brings fifteen years of experience and an excellent rapport with both the Executive and Legislative branches.
Cook graduated from Concord University in 1992 with an education degree and began his career in State government as a public information officer with the Legislative Office of Reference and Information in 1997. He grew up in Raleigh County, and moved to Charleston after starting work for the Legislature.
Allan L. McVey
West Virginia Insurance Commissioner's Office
900 Pennsylvania Avenue
Charleston, WV 25302
The Offices of the Insurance Commissioner is responsible for the regulation of insurance in the Mountain State. The agency’s mission is to promote a competitive and solvent insurance market with adequate consumer protection by fairly and consistently administering the insurance laws of West Virginia.
Governor Justice appointed Allan L. McVey West Virginia Insurance Commissioner in March 2017.
As commissioner McVey is responsible for the regulation of the insurance market, as well as protection of insurance consumers. He upholds the mission of promoting a competitive and solvent insurance market with adequate consumer protection by fairly and consistently administering the insurance laws of West Virginia.
Prior to his appointment, McVey was a licensed insurance agent who served in several capacities during his long tenure in the insurance industry. His experience includes a position as a Medical Claims Examiner with the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Fund, an underwriter with a large national insurance company, and since 1976, a licensed insurance agent and broker with several firms, both local and national. His latest assignment included both sales and management of the West Virginia operations for a large national insurance brokerage firm.
McVey earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from West Virginia State University and has several post-graduate insurance designations.
Douglas P. Buffington II
West Virginia Lottery Commission
900 Pennsylvania Avenue
Charleston, WV 25302
The West Virginia Lottery Commission oversees and regulates all constitutional lotteries conducted in West Virginia including traditional lottery games, limited video lottery, racetrack video lottery, racetrack table games, and casino gaming at the state’s single Historic Resort Hotel. The mission of the West Virginia Lottery is to operate in a socially responsible manner with the highest standards of integrity and security to generate revenue for programs that benefit the citizens of the State of West Virginia.
Douglas P. Buffington II was appointed as Interim Lottery Director by Governor Jim Justice on August 31, 2018. Buffington has served the West Virginia Department of Revenue in top legal counsel roles across two administrations for more than four years. Beginning as General Counsel and Chief of Staff in October 2013, he progressed to the role of Managing Deputy Secretary in February 2017.
Prior to joining the department, Buffington was an associate attorney for the legal firm Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown and Poe in Beckley for nearly 5 years and a public defender in Raleigh County for nearly 10 years. During law school he served as a law clerk for the Division of Special Fund in Frankfort, Kentucky, focusing on Workers’ Compensation law, as well as a federal judicial internship with the Eastern District of Kentucky in Lexington focusing on civil and criminal law.
Buffington earned his law degree in 1999 from University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 1996. He has been a member of the Beckley Human Rights Commission and served on the Board of Directors for the Raleigh County Public Defenders.
Municipal Bond Commission
900 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 1117
Charleston, WV 25302
The Municipal Bond Commission’s mission is to serve as fiscal agent for state and local governmental bond issues. As fiscal agent, it is to provide the bond issuers and holders with economic, financial, and managerial services. In the role as fiscal agent, the commission receives deposits of the various issuers, invests them for returns consistent with State statute and bond ordinance requirements, disburses funds to appropriate agent banks or bondholders to meet debt service. This agency maintains and reports the financial accounts of each depositor, while aiding the issuers in the management of their resources.
Sara Rogers was appointed executive director for the West Virginia Municipal Bond Commission in November 2004. Prior to this appointment, Rogers served as acting executive director for the commission. She began with the West Virginia Municipal Bond Commission as the Accountant in September 1998.
Rogers is a graduate of West Virginia State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting and minor in finance. Rogers resides in St. Albans with her husband. They enjoy volunteering in their community and serving to benefit local parks. She has one daughter, Jessie.
A.M. Fenway Pollack
Chief Administrative Law Judge
West Virginia Office of Tax Appeals
1012 Kanawha Blvd., East
P.O. Box 2751
Charleston, WV 25330-2751
The Office of Tax Appeals serves as the state tribunal for adjudicating disputes between state taxpayers and the State Tax Department.
Governor Jim Justice appointed A.M. “Fenway” Pollack to serve as Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Office of Tax Appeals in late December 2017. Judge Pollack previously served in the position from March 2011 to February 2015, when he left to serve as General Counsel for the West Virginia Bureau for Children and Families.
Previously, Pollack was senior counsel with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, where he practiced coal mining related litigation in Circuit Court, Federal Court, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and before the West Virginia Surface Mine Board and the Environmental Quality Board.
Prior to that, he was an Assistant Attorney General with the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office. There, he represented the Tax Division of the West Virginia Department of Revenue in both state and federal court.
Pollack was in private practice at a small firm in Summersville, West Viriginia, for six years. His practice areas included general civil litigation, criminal defense, abuse and neglect, workers compensation, collections, family law, wills and estate administration. He graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1984 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and pursued a career in broadcast journalism. He earned his law degree from West Virginia University in 1998. He is married and has two children, a daughter and a son.
West Virginia Racing Commission
900 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 533
Charleston, WV 25302
The Racing Commission was created under the provisions of Chapter 19, Article 23 of the Code of West Virginia. Under the Act, the Commission is charged with the promotion of thoroughbred and greyhound breeding in West Virginia, and has full jurisdiction over and shall supervise all thoroughbred and greyhound race meets, and all persons involved in the holding or conducting of thoroughbred and greyhound race meets.
Joe Moore was named executive director of the West Virginia Racing Commission in June 2015.
He works to support the mission of the commission by assuring patrons of thoroughbred and greyhound racing that the laws and rules of racing are enforced through regulation and supervision to provide a high degree of confidence in the integrity of the races.
Prior to being appointed executive director, Moore has served as the commission’s accountant and auditor since 2010. With more than 10 years of accounting experience and eight years with the Racing Commission, he has been instrumental in advancing the commission’s efforts for increased integrity while navigating the its financial position during declining economic conditions facing the thoroughbred and greyhound racing industries.
Moore earned Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from Marshall University. He lives in St. Albans with his wife and daughters and serves on the board of the Nitro Church of the Nazarene, is involved in many church ministries and is the sound technician for a regional southern gospel singing ministry.
Dale W. Steager
West Virginia State Tax Department
1001 Lee Street, East
Charleston, WV 25301
The State Tax Division administers, collects, and enforces the major taxes imposed by the State of West Virginia. These include: personal income tax; consumer sales and use taxes; cooperate net income tax; motor fuel taxes; and, other excise taxes. The division processes nearly 1.6 million tax returns annually and also administers a variety of tax credit programs.
Governor Justice appointed Dale W. Steager Tax Commissioner for West Virginia in January 2017.
Steager has more than 45 years of experience in state and local taxes. He began his career with the State Tax Department in 1971 and later served as general counsel for the state Department of Revenue, a position he held until October of 2005 when he joined a Charleston-based regional law firm practicing in the areas of state and local tax.
Steager graduated from West Virginia University in 1968 and from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1971. He has written for several tax publications of the American Bar Association and, for the last eight years, was the editor of the Guidebook to West Virginia Taxes published by the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accounts.
The State Athletic Commission regulates an effective and secure environment for boxing, mixed martial arts, and tough person contests within West Virginia and enforces protective regulations designed to safeguard the participants and the interests of the public.
Leon Ramsey was appointed to the West Virginia State Athletic Commission serving as Secretary for the Board from October 2015 to April 2016. In April of 2016, Mr. Ramsey was unanimously voted as Chairman of the West Virginia State Athletic Commission.
Mr. Ramsey has 45 years of martial arts and combat sports training. He has considerable experience in all aspects of combat sports as a fighter, trainer, official and promoter. In November 2000, he was awarded a Doctorate of Martial Arts by the National College of Martial Arts for recognition of his 28 years of service, and he was also inducted into the International Black Belt Hall of Fame.
Currently Mr. Ramsey resides in Glenville, WV, and he is very passionate about and active within the athletic world to better the Commission by developing all communications and connections with all sports to function together as a whole. It is his goal to make the most of all combat sports (boxing, kickboxing, and MMA) while treating them with safety, equality, and fairness.