Governor McDonnell Announces Additional Appointments to Administration
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced two appoints to his administration in the Public Safety and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security secretariats. Peter Marone has been reappointed as Director of the Department of Forensic Science. Delegate Bill Janis will serve as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Veterans Services.
Bios for today's appointments can be found below. Further announcements regarding additional appointments in the McDonnell Administration will continue to be made in the months ahead.
Peter Marone*, Director, Department of Forensic Science
Peter Marone has served as Director of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science since February 1, 2007. He began his service to the Commonwealth as a forensic serologist in 1978, after a seven-year career with the Allegheny County Crime Laboratory in Pennsylvania. Over the next 30 years, Marone served as Assistant Director and Program Manager, Central (Richmond) Laboratory Director, and as Director of Technical Services for Virginia's statewide forensic laboratory system. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry, Marone is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and a member of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD), among other regional, national and international professional organizations. He is a member of the Forensic Education Program Accreditation Commission for the AAFS and an Associate Professor of Forensic Science at VCU. For his service to the Commonwealth and the field of forensic science, Marone was awarded the prestigious ASCLD Briggs White Award in 2009, recognizing managerial excellence and the highest levels of creativity, integrity and dedication.
Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security
Delegate Bill Janis, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Veterans Services
Bill Janis has a distinguished career in public service as a navy officer, member of the House of Delegates and attorney. He was the first member of his family to graduate from college, attending the Virginia Military Institute on a Navy ROTC scholarship. In 1984, Janis entered the United States Navy as a Commissioned Officer and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. He is active in veteran's organizations such as VFW Post 6364 and American Legion Post 215, and serves on the Virginia War Memorial Board of Trustees. After 11 years of service, Janis left the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander to attend the University of Virginia Law School. In 2001, Janis was elected to the House of Delegates to represent the 56th District, a seat once held by Patrick Henry. He was elected by his peers in 2010 to serve as the House Majority Whip. Janis is married to the former Rose Ann Hunter and they have two children.
**Appointment effective January 11th
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