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 Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135.


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