Virginia Social Services Commissioner Martin D. Brown is resigning to take a new position under Gov. Bob McDonnell that will help prison inmates re-enter society, beginning with their own families.
Brown, a mainstay under three conservative Republican governors, will become, effective today, special advisor to the governor for "family re-integration of state offenders."
His new job will coordinate efforts by the departments of corrections and juvenile justice, working with the secretary of public safety, to carry out the governor's prisoner re-entry initiatives relating to reconnecting offenders with members of their families.
In addition to serving as commissioner to McDonnell, Brown also served in the health and human resources secretariat for Gov. George Allen and Gov. Jim Gilmore. He is a former executive director of the Family Foundation of Virginia.
Deputy Commissioner of Social Services Margaret Schultze will serve as acting commissioner in Brown's place.
"The governor appreciates Martin’s willingness to take on this new, innovative role within the administration," said Tucker Martin, communications director for McDonnell. "This is a critically important issue to the governor. For that reason, he wanted someone of Martin’s caliber and experience in this position."