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2 local men selected to serve in Gov. Northam's Cabinet

Ralph Northam (WCYB Photo)

Two local men have been selected by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) to serve in his cabinet.

Brad Copenhaver, of Glade Spring, was selected to be the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, and former Gate City Town Manager Charles Hartgrove was selected as the Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Taxation.

Here is some more information on both men from the governor's office:

Brad Copenhaver, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry:

Brad Copenhaver has been appointed Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. Brad grew up on his family’s beef cattle and burley tobacco farm in Washington County. After working on Capitol Hill as a legislative correspondent for Congressman H. Morgan Griffith (VA-9), he was the Director of Government Affairs at the Virginia Agribusiness Council, where he worked closely with the General Assembly and Virginia congressional delegation on a variety of issues including animal welfare, food safety and labeling, the environment and water quality, and international trade.

Brad was a Pamplin Scholar at Virginia Tech and graduated with degrees in political science and agricultural economics, and he is currently completing his MBA at the University of Washington. During his education career, Brad has served as a National Beef Ambassador, Virginia 4-H President, and treasurer of the UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate, and he spent summers working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Meat Export Federation in Tokyo, and Bryant Christie, Inc., an agricultural exports consulting firm in Seattle.’

Charles Hartgrove, Chief Deputy Commissioner, Department of Taxation:

Charles W. Hartgrove has been appointed Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Taxation. Charles has worked as a senior executive for Virginia local governments for over twenty years, most recently serving as the Deputy City Manager of Lynchburg. He also previously served as the Town Manager of Ashland, Middleburg, and Gate City.

Charles obtained a Bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He also received a Master of Public Administration and a Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in public management from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and University of Virginia’s Senior Executive Institute. He is a native of Gate City and resides in the City of Richmond.

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