West Virginia

Department of
Health & Human Resources

Marra Named Interim Inspector General


West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch today announced the appointment of Jolynn Marra as Interim Inspector General of DHHR’s Office of Inspector General, effective September 1, 2018. 

Marra replaces M. Katherine Lawson, who resigned to take a position as General Counsel of the Division of Financial Institutions with the West Virginia Department of Revenue. Lawson has served as Inspector General since July 2014.  

“Under Kathy Lawson’s watch, OIG has built a strong team of investigators, reviewers, surveyors, and hearing officers who work tirelessly to ensure the Office of Inspector General succeeds in protecting West Virginia’s most vulnerable residents,” said Crouch.  “I wish Kathy the best in her new role and will miss her leadership.”

Marra has served as Director of the Office of Health Facility Licensure & Certification for DHHR’s Office of Inspector General since 2011.  Marra previously served as interim Inspector General from January until July 2014.

“I am confident Jolynn’s previous interim experience in this position will prove to be successful during this transitional period,” Crouch said. 

DHHR’s Office of Inspector General works to combat and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse at DHHR - from both within and outside the Department. OIG provides autonomous, independent and neutral oversight of DHHR programs and operations through seven distinct offices: Board of Review; Investigations and Fraud Management; Medicaid Fraud Control Unit; Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification; Olmstead Office; Quality Control; and WV Clearance for Access: Registry and Employment Screening (WV CARES).

Contact Information

Media contact: DHHRCommunications@wv.gov or (304) 558-7899