Governor Youngkin appoints three local officials to statewide committees

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Luray Councilman Alex White takes his oath in Richmond during a swearing-in ceremony following his appointment to a statewide committee by Governor Glenn Youngkin in August. (Photo Credit: Christian Martinez, Deputy Press Secretary, Commonwealth of VA)

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LURAY — Newly elected Luray Councilman Alex White is among three local officials getting settled into statewide committee appointments made by Governor Glenn Youngkin late this summer.

White, who is finishing his senior year at Harvard University, was appointed to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Prevention. The Luray councilman’s four-year appointment will run closely to his new four-year term following White’s first bid for elected public office on Nov. 8.

White earned the appointment while serving in a prestigious nonpartisan fellowship with the Governor’s office this past summer, and Youngkin personally congratulated him following the swearing in by a deputy secretary of the commonwealth.

“The board is an influential one, the Committee on Juvenile Justice and Prevention, and it brings the possibility of bringing funding to local programs here in the county down the line,” White said.

The college senior was among the youngest appointed by the administration. He was appointed as a volunteer from Luray at Page One. Other appointments to the committee included a Realtor from Virginia Beach, a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia living in Culpeper, an administrator in Chesapeake Public Schools, and a retired 24th District judge, among others. The appointees will also serve with specific legislators and administrators assigned to the committee through the state code.

The Committee has the responsibility of advising and assisting the all agencies, departments, boards and institutions of the Commonwealth, and units of local government on matters related to the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency and the administration of juvenile justice.

Governor Youngkin also appointed Allen Louderback to the Virginia Cave Board. Although Louderback serves as the District 2 representative on the Page County Board of Supervisors, he is listed in the announcement of the appointment as “former Virginia Delegate and President [of] Louderback Enterprises.”

The only other appointment (in August) for the Cave Board was Jason Carter of Staunton, the Director of External and Member Relations for Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative.

The Board serves as an advisory group to any requesting state agency on matters relating to caves and karst topography. Among their duties are maintaining an inventory of publicly owned caves in Virginia; provide cave management expertise and service to requesting public agencies and cave owner; maintain a current list of all significant caves in Virginia and report any real and present danger to such caves; and protect the rare, unique and irreplaceable minerals and archaeological resources found in caves.

Governor Youngkin also appointed Charles Newton to the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board. Newton currently fills one of two representative seats for Page County on the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District — a position he held for many years alongside the late Linda Campbell.

The state Board oversees the programs of the districts and facilitates an interchange of advice and experience between the districts. Through its various efforts, the Board provides for the conservation of soil and water resources, control and prevention of soil erosion, flood water and sediment damages thereby preserving the natural resources of the Commonwealth.

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced these administration appointments on Aug. 1. Appointees do not receive compensation, but can be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

“I’m proud to appoint these dedicated individuals,” Governor Glenn Youngkin stated in a press release. “Their work will move our Commonwealth into the future and help create a best-in-class government.”

To view the original press release, CLICK HERE.

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