A retired educator, former West Virginia Workforce Development director and U.S. Army veteran – serves as the Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance.
Davis was appointed by Governor Jim Justice to head the department that oversees 17 field and claims offices, the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, the West Virginia Veterans Home and the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, as well as several high-profile, statewide veterans initiatives.
Davis spent 29 years as a teacher and an executive within the Kanawha County Schools system. He was first employed as a teacher at Dupont Junior High School in 1968. He later served as Job Placement Specialist at the Ben Franklin Career Center, Coordinator of Adult Education at the Garnet Career Center, Coordinator of Cooperative Education and Assistant Superintendent for Vocational, Technical and Adult Education. Davis was elected president of the West Virginia Vocational Association and chairman of the
Billy Wayne Bailey serves as the Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance (DVA).
Bailey has an extensive military background that includes service in the West Virginia Army National Guard’s 1092nd Combat Engineers Battalion from 1978 to 1984, which was immediately followed by approximately 15 years of service in the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing.
In addition, Bailey is a former Sherriff of Wyoming County and represented West Virginia’s 9th state senate district for 17 years, 14 of which he served as Senate Majority Whip.
Billy Wayne’s history with the National Guard combined with his experience in the legislature lays an excellent foundation for a secretary. He has a great degree of knowledge and experience related to both veterans’ issues and state government processes.
Billy Wayne Bailey Jr. is a Wyoming County native and graduate of Herndon High School. He attended Morris Harvey College, now known as the