Cabinet Secretary Dennis Davis- 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 Bylaws Committee for the American Vocational Association.
In 1996, Governor Cecil Under Underwood appointed Davis as Executive Director of West Workforce Development for West Virginia. He served in this post for four years before entering the private sector, where he founded the Davis Property Preservation Company. He retired from this company in 2009.
Davis re-entered the education field in December 2013 when he served a half-year as a member the Kanawha County Board of Education, filling a previous member’s unexpired term.
He began his military activity in 1959 as a member of the West Virginia State University ROTC program. His U.S. Army career included stints at Fort Knox (Kentucky) and Fort Sill (Oklahoma. In 1965, he graduated from the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy.
Davis lives in institute, W.Va. and serves as a member of the honor guard at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery. Davis and his wife, Margaret, are the parents of five children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.