One of the longtime fixtures of the West Virginia coal industry has announced he’ll retire at the end of this year. Bill Raney has been the President and CEO of the West Virginia Coal Association since 1992. His ties to coal mining go all the way back to his childhood.
Raney’s father operated mines in Wyoming County and he got his start working in the industry for Ben Greene as a surface mine inspector. Over the years he worked in various capacities before coming to the Coal Association in 1992 where he’s become the face of the organization for many years.
He’ll be replaced by Chris Hamilton who Raney said is ready for the job.