Board Members

The Board shall be composed of seven members who shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Not more than four members of the board shall be of the same political party.

One of the appointees to such board shall be a person who by reason of previous vocation, employment or affiliations, can be classed as one capable and experienced in coal mining, one experienced in the practice of agriculture, one capable and experienced in modern forestry practices, one capable and experienced in engineering, one capable and experienced in water pollution control or water conservation problems, one with significant experience in the advocacy of environmental protection, one shall be a person who represents the general public interest.

In any case brought before the board relating to quarry operations, two alternate board members will serve on the board who have expertise related to the operation of quarries. These two alternate members will serve in place of the board member appointed due to his or her expertise in coal operations and the board member which has been appointed due to his or her expertise in forestry.

The members of the board shall be appointed as follows: two members appointed to serve a term of two years; two members appointed to serve a term of three years; two members to serve a term of four years; and one member to serve a term of five years.

 

Mark Schuerger

 Represents:  Coal Industry
 Occupation:  Coal Company
 Politics:  Republican
 Member:  Since 2007
 Experience:

 

 

Ed Grafton, Vice Chairman

 Represents:  Forestry
 Occupation:  Retired from Glenville State College
 Politics:  Democrat
 Member:  Since 1970
 Experience:
  • Operates a Christmas Tree Farm 

 

Henry Rauch

 Represents:  Water Pollution Control.
 Occupation:  Geology Professor at West Virginia University.
 Politics:  Independent
 Member:  Since 1978
 Experience:
  • Ph.D. degree in geochemistry/hydrogeology from Penn State University.
  • Since 1970, geology professor for West Virginia University, teaching, research and service work in water pollution and water resources.
  • Primary speciality area is the impact of coal mining on ground and stream waters.

 

Don Michael

 Represents:  Agriculture      
 Occupation:  West Virginia Farm Bureau
 Politics:  Republican
 Member:  Since 2009
 Experience:

 

 

James Smith, Chairman

 Represents:  Engineering
 Occupation:  Coal Mining
 Politics:  Republican
 Member:  Since 2007
 Experience:

 

Jon Hunter

 Represents:  Advocacy of Environment
 Occupation:

 Former Member of the Legisture

 Politics:  Democrat
 Member:  Since 2009
 Experience:

 

Ronald Crites

 Represents:  General Public Interest
 Occupation:

 Former Sheriff

 Politics:  Democrat
 Member:  Since 2009
 Experience:

QUARRY BOARD

 

Charles K. Meadows II

 Represents:  Quarry Operations
 Occupation:  Quarry Operator
 Politics:  Democrat
 Member:  Since 2000

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