RICHMOND, Va. - Gov. Bob McDonnell has named a successor for retiring Department of Forensic Science Director Peter Marone.
McDonnell on Friday appointed Linda C. Jackson to succeed Marone, who will retire at the end of February after serving in that role since February 2007.
The statewide forensic laboratory system in Virginia employs 276 scientists and other staff. It performs a range of forensic services in its four regional labs throughout the state.
Officials say Jackson joined the department in 1995 and is a forensic expert specializing in the field of controlled substances analysis. She has served as the department's chemistry program manager since 2008.
Jackson holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Wake Forest University and a master's degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
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