By JESSICA WETZLER
Daily News-Record 12/19/19
Former Planning Commissioner Brent Trumbo has been appointed to serve District 1 on the Board of Supervisors, filling the vacancy when Pablo Cuevas retires on Dec. 31.
Trumbo will serve until the winner of a special election on Nov. 3, 2020, can be qualified and take office, according to County Administrator Stephen King. The special election will be to fill the term that ends Dec. 31, 2021.
“I appreciate the confidence and I will do my best,” Trumbo told the board Wednesday.
Trumbo said he will be running to keep his seat during the special election.
Trumbo will represent District 1, which includes the towns of Broadway and Timberville and the communities of Fulks Run, Bergton, Criders, Lacey Spring and Tenth Legion.
Trumbo, 60, has experience working for Rockingham County, having served on the Planning Commission from September 2010 until January 2019.
During his time on as a planning commissioner, he considered 111 rezoning requests, reviewed and revised the county’s nine agricultural and forestall districts, amended zoning and subdivision ordinances and worked on the capital improvements program, according to county documents.
He also devoted his time for numerous work sessions, field trips, meetings and issues involving the Planning Commission while balancing individual landowner rights and community goals.
Trumbo worked to establish the state-legislated Urban Development Area and was honored during
a March Planning Commission meeting for his service.
He is also president and CEO of Trumbo Electric in Broadway, where he has worked since 1974, starting as a part-time electrician’s helper and warehouse assistant.
Trumbo Electric is the oldest electrical design and construction company in western Virginia and a pioneer in design and build construction, according to King. The company was founded in Broadway in 1948 by his father, Norvell.
Trumbo said he plans to retire from Trumbo Electric soon after serving 34 years as president, saying “it is time to serve my community.”
“I am sure there will be new things to learn and I am looking forward to working with the fellow board members,” Trumbo said. “And I want to thank Pablo for his service to the county.”