WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Lifelong Wytheville resident Charlie Lester officially became Wythe County’s newest representative on the Board of Supervisors, representing the residents of West Wytheville, this past Friday. Lester was sworn-in by Judge Josiah Showalter earlier in December in the Wythe County Circuit Court Building following his unchallenged election in November.

The 33-year-old Republican replaces fellow George Wythe High School alumni Artie Hall, who chose not to seek reelection.

Lester is the owner of Southwest Soda Clean, LLC, and is a fifth-generation Wythe County resident.

When asked about his vision for the future of Wythe County, Lester stated that he would work to ensure economic development remains at the forefront of the county’s activities.

“My attention will be geared toward bringing jobs and industry to Wythe County,” he said.

Also taking the oath of office was current board chairman Tim Reeves, along with Speedwell representative Gene Horney and Joe Hale of the Fort Chiswell District, all of whom were reelected to serve on the county’s board of supervisors for another term of four years.

In addition to marking the departure of Supervisor Hall, December 31st was also the final day of longtime Wythe County treasurer Sam Crockett’s service to the county.

Crockett, who did not seek reelection this past November, retired after having served as the county’s treasurer since 1988.

“I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to get to know the people of the county – it’s been a fun job,” he said.

“Mr. Crockett will certainly be missed around the Wythe Count Court House. The Board of Supervisors appreciate the decades of service he has provided the county and wish him continued happiness in the days ahead,” stated Tim Reeves, Chairman of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors.

Reeves also welcomed Crockett’s replacement, former Rural Retreat Treasurer, Lori Guynn, to county government. Like Lester, Guynn assumed her new title on New Year’s Day.
Also returning for another four-year term are Jerry Mabe (Commonwealth’s Attorney), Faye Barker (Commissioner of the Revenue) and Keith Dunagan (Sheriff). Dunagan was serving as interim sheriff leading up to the election.

Longtime Clerk of the Court Hayden Horney will also be returning for another term of eight years.

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