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Snead Tapped ED-5 Supervisor

K. Ronald (Ronnie) Snead of Scottsburg was appointed Monday evening to fill the vacant ED-5 seat on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors after board members interviewed the four applicants vying for the position earlier in the afternoon.

Snead, president and owner of K. R. Snead Trucking, Inc., was selected to fill the post vacated by James Edmunds II from a field of candidates that included Robert C.

Wazeka Jr. of Bayonne Avenue, South Boston, David H. White of Washington Avenue, South Boston and Barry A. Bank of Talley Street, South Boston.

Edmunds relinquished the post after winning election to the House of Delegates in November, and he now represents the 60th District in the General Assembly.

Snead is a 1963 graduate of Halifax County High School and attended Danville Tech completing his freshman year at East Carolina University. He attended evening classes while working for VEPCO in North Carolina.

Snead was employed with VEPCO from 1964 to 1970 working in South Boston, Fairfax, Woodbridge and Alexandria in Virginia and in North Carolina in Williamston and Roanoke Rapids.

He worked for the Virginia Department of Taxation from 1974 to 78 as a field representative and retired in 2005 as a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service.

In 1978, Snead started K. R. Snead Trucking with one truck. Currently the company operates 25 road tractors and 160 trailers and employs 34 full-time and three part-time workers.

Snead told supervisors at the encouragement of family and friends, he decided to place his name for consideration for the ED-5 supervisor post.

On particular issues affecting ED-5, Snead said he believes a recycling center needs to be located within the Town of Scottsburg or near the intersection of U. S. 360 and Highway 344, and the county needs to focus on trying to attract large employers as well as smaller ones to locate in the county.

Snead has three grandchildren who attend county public schools, and he said he believes school funding is one of the most important issues before the board.
“However, a blank check is not the answer. The board should continue to fund what is necessary to provide the best education for the children that we can afford,” he said.

Although he believes the board has done a good job in the past of keeping rates down, Snead said the cost of funding public education will continue to increase, and he sees future rate increases as possibly being “inevitable.”

After interviewing candidates individually in closed session Monday afternoon, the board announced its decision at the start of its monthly meeting Monday evening, inviting Snead to join them for the remainder of the meeting.

Snead is expected to be officially sworn in later this month.

State law required the board of supervisors to make an interim appointment within 45 days of the vacancy. 

Snead will serve the remainder of the term that expires in December, and a special election will be held in November to fill the position.

ED-6 Supervisor Wayne Conner encouraged Snead and the other applicants who didn’t get appointed to qualify for the November ballot using the normal petition and signature process.

“We had four great candidates to choose from, and it was a tough choice. We appreciate their interest in it. Remember, in two or three months the process will start for the election of a supervisor from District 5, and they need to keep that in mind,” Conner said.

Supervisor Chairman William Fitzgerald also thanked the citizens who expressed an interest.

“This board had a responsibility to appoint someone for this 10 months. However, in two or three months a candidate is going to have to file if they want to get on the November ballot, so I encourage those people not selected, if still interested, to file and let the people of the 5th District have their say. Don’t give up if you’re interested. Let the citizens choose. The citizens will get to elect the candidate of their choice.”