CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- C.A. Phillips, director of the state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, said he would leave the agency effective Dec. 31.
Phillips had been director since August 2011, after serving as acting director for nearly a year before that. He spent nearly a dozen years with the agency, joining it in 2001 under the administration of then-Gov. Bob Wise.
A native of McDowell County, Phillips worked in and around the mining industry since 1969. He was a miner and a fireboss at Olga Coal and went on to work as a safety representative for the United Mine Workers union.Amy Shuler Goodwin, spokeswoman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, said the governor would name a replacement before Phillips departs.