Politics & Government

Bevin appoints coal official to head Energy and Environment Cabinet

Matt Bevin
Matt Bevin Herald-Leader

Republican Matt Bevin, who takes office as governor Tuesday, appointed coal official Charles G. Snavely of Lexington to be secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet.

Snavely, a native of Prestonsburg, has 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 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 recently was president of Eastern U.S. Operations for Arch Coal, Inc.

“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.”

Prior to that, he was executive vice president of mining operations of International Coal Group. He has a mining engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and is working toward an executive Master’s of Business Administration degree through a joint program of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

Bevin also has appointed Brigadier General Stephen R. Hogan, who has spent more than 30 years in the military, to be Kentucky’s 52nd adjutant general.

Bevin said he has “absolute confidence” that Hogan will be an excellent commanding general of the Kentucky National Guard.

Hogan, a Hebron native who formerly served as assistant adjutant general for the Kentucky Army National Guard, said he is “looking forward to working again with the finest guard in the nation.”

Hogan recently led efforts to protect the dependents of service members as chief executive officer of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission.

He was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Morehead State University in 1985. He also earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2008.

His active duty assignments include tours with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell; 6th Infantry Division Light, Fort Richardson, Alaska; The Army Operations Center, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; and Multi-National Corps Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq.

Jack Brammer: (502) 227-1198, @BGPolitics