CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The head of West Virginia state government's General Services Division has departed.
David Oliverio was abruptly dismissed from his job Friday afternoon after seven years as General Services director.
"The Department of Administration is going in a different direction and will be selecting new leadership soon," said Diane Holley-Brown, a spokeswoman for the department.
The General Services Division takes care of buildings and grounds at the state Capitol Complex and more than 30 additional state-owned buildings across West Virginia.
Oliverio, who made $80,052 last year, said his dismissal came as a surprise. His last day was Friday.
"All they told me was they wanted to go in a new direction," he said Monday. "I was surprised, and I was hurt, but I'm not angry."
In February 2006, Oliverio took over a General Services Division that had been rocked by repeated scandals. Supervisors were abusing overtime. An employee was dismissed for pirating movie and music DVDs with agency equipment. The Capitol cafeteria was shut down after being hit by 50 food safety violations.
The state Capitol building also needed numerous repairs after years of neglect.
In response, Oliverio set up special division sections for business matters, architecture and engineering, and safety and health.
"I think we built an agency that's tremendously better than it was seven years ago," Oliverio said.
Under Oliverio's watch, General Services completed numerous projects at the state Capitol: cleaning the building's exterior, refurbishing windows, installing a new heating and cooling system, and renovating the food court.
Other projects included a new gift shop at the Culture Center, renovations at the Office of Technology on the 10th floor of Building 5, and electrical and lighting upgrades.