CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a new executive director of the West Virginia Water Development Authority that finances construction of wastewater and water facilities for local government agencies.

Marie Prezioso, who was an authority board member, replaces Chris Jarrett, who retired.

She retired last year as senior vice president and manager of the West Virginia public finance office for Piper Jaffary & Co., an investment bank and asset management firm.

Prezioso, from Charleston, is the sister of state Senate Democratic Minority Leader Roman Prezioso.

Justice replaced her on the authority board with Gary Sutphin, who retired in 2013 as recorder/treasurer from the city of Beckley.