Most recently, he oversaw occupational safety and health for state agencies.
In his new position, there's a big focus on technology -- all of the county's schools already have a "lockdown button" installed that when pushed, alerts 911 -- but there's a major human element to Warner's job too, he said.
"We just want to put comfort in the hearts of people," Warner said. "I think what we're doing is really something that's good and a value to the community."
After the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. in December, the Charleston Police Department vowed to increase its presence in schools.
Warner said police in schools and prevention resource officers -- who also offer anti-drug lessons and other mentoring -- are already making a big impact.
"Usually when kids think of police, they think it's the result of something bad or some type of emergency. What we're trying to do is to get kids acclimated to officers on a regular basis -- as part of the community," he said. "If there is going to be an altercation at the school, a lot of times a student will tell the officer and mitigate the problem before it happens."
All of the high schools in the county have a police officer inside and outside of the building, as do six of the county's middle schools. Elementary schools in the district typically do not employ officers, but have plenty of security measures in place, Warner said.
The Kanawha County Sheriffs Department and municipalities also use their extra time to visit all schools on a more regular basis than they have before, Warner said.
He calls them "the eyes and ears" of schools, and is currently working alongside officers to conduct security assessments.
Warner depends on officers to tell him about any ongoing problems in a school, whether it be a fuzzy security camera or a lax door policy.
"To be honest, what I'm doing, police departments have already been doing. But what I want to do is to make sure we document and inspect the things that need attention, because it's important," he said. "And hopefully the students feel a little more secure and can have a better learning experience because of it."
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