FRANKFORT – A Prestonsburg native, Charles Snavely, was appointed to the new Governor’s cabinet this week.
Governor-Elect Matt Bevin announced Monday the appointment of Charles G. Snavely as Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet.
Snavely brings more than 35 years of experience in the coal mining industry.
“I am pleased to appoint Charles Snavely to lead the Energy and Environment Cabinet,” said Governor-Elect Bevin. “His professionalism and leadership experience in the industry are well known. Charles understands the balance we must maintain between the Commonwealth’s need for low-cost, reliable energy and the need for clean water and air for all Kentuckians.”
Snavely promises to continue his work.
“I am truly honored to be offered this opportunity to serve the Governor and the Commonwealth,” said Snavely. “I will do everything in my power to further our progress on protecting the environment while helping nurture a healthy economy.”
Snavely served recently as the President of Eastern U.S. Operations for Arch Coal, Inc. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of Mining Operations of International Coal Group. He is a distinguished alumnus in mining engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and is about to complete his Executive Master’s of Business Administration through a joint program between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.
Charles and his wife, Shari, live in Lexington. Shari is a native of Inez. They have one adult daughter, Kathryn.
Bevin had previously announced the appointment of Brigadier General Stephen R. Hogan as Kentucky’s new adjutant general commanding the Kentucky National Guard.
Hogan, of Hebron, is a former assistant adjutant general for the Kentucky Army National Guard, and had recent developed programs to aid dependents of service members as CEO of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission.
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