In Memoriam

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Paul Kirby, long-time ACA member and retired commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Corrections (WV DOC), passed away on Nov. 11, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. Kirby began his career with the WV DOC in 1975 as a medical services administrator at the WV Penitentiary in Moundsville, moving up to the position of deputy warden. When the facility closed in 1995, Kirby was appointed warden of the newly opened Northern Regional Jail and Correctional Facility. He was named assistant commissioner for the Northern District in 1998, and became commissioner in 1999. In addition to his involvement with the National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) and the Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization (OLETC) to develop the National Corrections and Law Enforcement Training and Technology Center in Moundsville, Kirby also played a key role in the development of the annual Mock Prison Riot at the former WV Penitentiary. He retired in the spring of 2001 after 25 years of service with the WV DOC. After his retirement, Kirby served as manager of the Moundsville Economic Development Council, where he created programs and events to promote economic development through tourism in the city of Moundsville and at the former WV Penitentiary.

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