John McHugh was named deputy secretary for the Department of Administration effective May 16, 2022. He continues to serve as executive director of the Real Estate Division, a position he has held since 2019. As deputy secretary, McHugh assists the cabinet secretary with planning, organizing, and directing the programs, functions and activities of the department.
Prior to being named director of the Real Estate Division, McHugh served as the general counsel for the West Virginia Military Authority, chief of the Legal Section for the Highways’ Right of Way Division, and as disciplinary counsel for the West Virginia Board of Medicine. He also has an extensive background as an attorney in the private sector.
McHugh is a graduate of the WVU College of Law and the United States Army War College, where he earned a master’s degree in strategic studies. In 2017, McHugh retired from the West Virginia Army National Guard, after more than 30 years of military service, having attained the rank of Colonel. While in the National Guard, he served as Battalion Commander for the 771st Battalion Troop Command, Brigade Commander for 77th Brigade Troop Command, and State Army Aviation Officer. McHugh is qualified in multiple Army aircraft including both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. He is a veteran of Desert Storm, where he was awarded the Air Medal for meritorious service as a Medevac helicopter pilot.