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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is seeking a new employee to lead efforts to clean up abandoned mine lands.

The department advertised for a new chief of the Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation in its Charleston headquarters. Eric J. Coberly, the current chief, is returning to EI Robinson, the engineering firm he worked at before taking the reins at the AML&R office.

"We will miss him," said Kathy Cosco, WVDEP communications director.

Coberly worked with the DEP for four years. He announced to the office he was leaving on February 4 and his last day was Friday, Feb. 22. Joe Reppy, a program manager in AML is serving as interim chief until the position is filled permanently.

The position is charged with administrating the statewide abandoned mine program, develop and approve annual grant applications, establish the office's budget and oversee finances of the office. According to the job posting, the position should also provide engineering oversight of project designs and project construction.

The DEP is accepting applications through March 18.