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CHARLESTON — The executive director of the West Virginia Real Estate Commission will change in May.

Jerry Forren will retire on May 1 and will be succeeded by Keri Ferro as its next executive director.

“With Jerry’s leadership over the past seven years, the West Virginia Real Estate Commission has successfully navigated through the most unprecedented challenges that state government has ever faced,” Robert Kennen, commission chairman, said. “We are grateful for the steady leadership and experience that Jerry brought to the commission. His ongoing guidance through this transition period will be an asset to the commission as we work through this time of change.”

During his tenure, Forren was responsible for modernizing every aspect of the commission.

The past seven years have seen the commission move from a paper-based renewal process to state-of-the-art online systems that allow most all business to be conducted over the internet.

Forren is leaving behind a deep bench of talented individuals who include Ferro, auditor/investigators Robert Plume and Johnnie Wamsley, Education Coordinator Lindsey Ridener and License Specialist Courtney Murphy.

“Since taking over the executive position in 2016, Jerry has been a visionary and trusted leader, whose acumen built an organization that has transformed the way the West Virginia Real Estate Commission conducts business,” said Steve Walker, deputy chairman.

The West Virginia Real Estate Commission is tasked with Protecting the Public and regulating Real Estate Brokerage in West Virginia. To learn more, go to

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