Justice names Chelsea Ruby at West Virginia Division of Tourism commissioner

West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice announced Friday that Chelsea Ruby will serve as commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Tourism.

Ruby is currently director of marketing and communications for the West Virginia Department of Commerce. This marks the fifth cabinet secretary that Justice has named so far.

In her new role, Ruby will spearhead the Justice administration’s effort to grow tourism in West Virginia— a top priority for the governor-elect, according to a news release from the Justice transition team. Amy Goodwin is the current commission of the Division of Tourism.

“Chelsea Ruby knows how to market and I know she will really help me aggressively market our state to get tourists from all over the world to visit West Virginia,” Justice said. “Chelsea has the skills and the energy to help West Virginia reach its full potential in the tourism industry. She knows how to think big, and I look forward to working with her to increase tourism in our state. My goal is to make tourism an economic driver and bring jobs to West Virginia.”

At the Department of Commerce, Ruby is the chief spokeswoman for the agency and manages its full-service advertising agency. She also worked in Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's communications office and served as the executive director of West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration.

Ruby said Justice is “a genuine visionary when it comes to West Virginia tourism, and I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve as his tourism commissioner. "He has proven his ability to unlock our potential as a vacation destination, and with him shaping our tourism strategy, the rest of the country--and the world--will recognize just how remarkable our state is."

Justice has named four other cabinet secretaries: Bill J. Crouch as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources; Dennis Davis as secretary of veterans assistance, Woody Thrasher as secretary of the Department of Commerce, and Jeff Sandy as secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

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