Monday, December 30, 2019
WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Three of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors were honored along with retiring Wythe County Commissioner of Revenue Faye Barker for their service to Wythe County.
At-Large Board Member and Chairman Tim Reeves served as a dedicated member of the Board of Supervisors for two consecutive four-year terms ending on December 31, 2019. He served as Chairman from 2014 through 2019.
“It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of Wythe County for the past eight years,” Reeves said. “Over the past eight years a lot was accomplished. Funding our schools and school renovations was a main priority. I think we made great strides in economic and industrial development.”
Reeves said it was also an honor to go to Richmond and advocate for the county on critical issues.
“I know one of my priorities has been funding the I-81 Corridor, and it’s been a privilege to serve on the I-81 committee,” Reeves said. “I look forward to continuing the fight for funding the I-77 and 1-81 Corridor.” Chairman Reeves also served as Region 12 Director of the Virginia Association of Counties from 2013-2018, and was elected to serve as President of the Virginia Association of Counties during 2019.
Reeves served our region as a member of various committees and boards. He recently served on the following committees: Alcohol Safety Action Program, APEX Construction Committee, Budget Committee, Crossroads Regional Industrial Facility Authority, District III Governmental Cooperative, Economic Development Committee, Joint Public Service Authority of Wythe and Bland Counties, Juvenile Detention Committee, New River Regional Water Authority, New River Valley Criminal Justice Services Board, New River Valley Regional Jail Authority, Social Services Board, Water & Wastewater Committee, as well as many other boards during his tenure on the Board of Supervisors.
Fort Chiswell District Supervisor Joe Hale was elected on November 8, 2011 by the citizens of Wythe County’s Fort Chiswell District to serve as their representative on the Wythe County Board of Supervisors and began serving on January 1, 2012.
“It was an honor to represent the district for two terms,” Hale said. “A lot of good things happened in eight years. We stabilized the fire and rescue service. We did a lot to rebuild the school system. We did a lot to move the county forward to the 21st century, now if they will continue to carry it out, it will only continue to strengthen the county. We need to think regionally and make every effort to work with the surrounding counties. We are a part of the New River Valley, very much so.”
Supervisor Hale served as a dedicated member of the Board of Supervisors for two consecutive four-year terms ending on December 31, 2019.
Hale’s leadership and devotion to his work led his fellow members of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors to name him Vice Chairman in 2016, a position he proudly held for four years.
Hale devoted countless hours to the citizens of Wythe County serving as a member of various committees and boards and most recently served on the following: APEX Construction Committee, Building & Grounds Committee, Chief Local Elected Official of the New River Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Board, Clerk of the Circuit Court Liaison, Economic Development Committee, Fire & Rescue Committee, Sheriff’s Office Liaison, Personnel Committee, as well as many committees during his tenure on the Board of Supervisors.
West Wytheville District Supervisor Charlie Lester was elected on November 8, 2015 by the citizens of Wythe County’s West Wytheville District to serve as their representative on the Wythe County Board of Supervisors. He began serving on January 1, 2016.
“I’ve enjoyed being on the board,” Lester said. “I’ve learned a lot. We’ve accomplished a lot.”
Supervisor Lester’s support and actions were instrumental in obtaining funding for $12.25 million for the George Wythe High School Renovation Project, providing funding for construction of the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center and future retail sites, providing funding for the Shorts Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, and obtaining funding in excess of almost $13 Million for future construction of the Progress Park Interconnect Road Project.
Supervisor Lester served as a dedicated member of the Board of Supervisors for a four-year term ending on December 31, 2019.
Wythe County Commissioner of the Revenue Faye Barker was elected to her position on November 8, 2011 and began her duties as Commissioner of the Revenue on January 1, 2012.
“It’s been an honor to serve the people of Wythe County as long as I have,” Barker said. “I’m going to miss working with the people.”
Barker previously served as a member of the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office from 1972 to 2011. Barker also served as Vice President of the Southern District Deputies of the Commissioner of the Revenue. Barker has overseen the record keeping for numerous Wythe County Ordinances including the Meals Tax, Land Use Taxation, and Tax Exemptions for the Elderly and Handicapped. Her office annually assists Wythe County residents in filing state taxes and also assists the Board of Supervisors in preparing revenue projections annually that are used for drafting the upcoming year’s revenue budget.
The officials were recognized for their hard work and dedication to Wythe County during the Wythe County Board of Supervisors Meeting on Dec. 27 at 9 a.m.