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Bevin appoints coal exec as energy and environment secretary

Frankfort, Ky. – A few hours before being inaugurated, then-Governor-elect Matt Bevin appointed Charles G. Snavely as Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet. Snavely, a native of Prestonsburg, 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,” Bevin said. “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 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.

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