Arch Coal executive named head of Energy and Environment Cabinet by Gov.-elect Bevin

12/07/2015 05:53 PM

On the eve of his inauguration, Gov.-elect Matt Bevin appointed Arch Coal executive Charles Snavely as his next Energy and Environment Cabinet secretary.

The move was announced by Bevin’s transition team in a news release on Monday.

Snavely, a Prestonsburg native residing in Lexington, was president of eastern U.S. operations for Arch Coal and a former executive vice president of mining operations for International Coal Group, according to the release. He has more than 35 years in the coal-mining industry, the release states.

“I am truly honored to be offered this opportunity to serve the Governor and the Commonwealth,” Snavely said in a statement. “I will do everything in my power to further our progress on protecting the environment while helping nurture a healthy economy.”

Bevin praised Snavely’s experience in announcing the appointment.

“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,” he said in a statement.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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