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Virginia Appoints New Chief Administrative Officer

Jamie Patten will head up the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority's administrative functions.

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The Virginia Cannabis Control Authority (CCA) board of directors has selected Jamie Patten to the newly created role of chief administrative officer. Patten will head up CCA’s administrative functions, including finance, budget, human resources, procurement and information technology.

Patten is an accomplished public servant whose 21-year career includes numerous leadership roles that span across different state agencies within the state. Previously, she was at the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) as its deputy director of administration and finance. During her tenure, Patten was critical in developing the strategy for funding and sustaining a seven-year transformation effort for the agency. While at DJJ, she also served on the department’s Future Planning Group, which was formed to address its most pressing administrative challenges.

Prior to DJJ, Patten also held positions at the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts.

The Virginia Cannabis Control Authority was created in 2021 to promote public health and safety and consumer protection through balanced and inclusive cannabis regulation, policy and education.

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