UPDATE (1:10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8): According to a release from the Mingo County Commission, Commissioner Gavin Smith died on Monday after a “sudden illness.”
Smith was 64 years old, a Republican and a lifelong resident of Gilbert. He was sworn into office on January 1.
Commission President Thomas Taylor said the following about the loss of Smith:
“Mingo County lost a very special man and I lost a true friend,” Taylor said. “When Gavin first decided to run for office, he called me and asked if we could ‘do better over there?’ He truly believed that the people of this county deserved more,” Taylor continued. “We had conversations almost daily on ways to better our county while his time on the commission may have been short, he made an enormous impact.”
Smith was described in the release as a team player, working “closely with commission staff members, other elected officials and their staffs, asking questions and listening to opinions to get ideas as to how to make the county better.”
“He came in eager to learn and do the best job he could for the county,” Commissioner Diann Hannah said of Smith. “He wanted to work and get along with us and make the county better. He took the trash cleanup personally and worked alongside the volunteers to make the county look better. We were discussing what we could do next to help the redevelopment of this county going forward,” Hannah continued. “His death is a definite loss for us and the county as a whole. Prayers for his wife and family – he was a good man.”
MINGO COUNTY, WV (WOWK)—According to a post on the Mingo County Commission’s Facebook page, Commissioner Gavin Smith has passed away.
The post read, “It is with immense sadness that we confirm the passing of Commissioner Gavin Smith. In his brief time as a commissioner, Gavin worked tirelessly to serve the people of Mingo County. His love for our county and his passion to make it the best it can be were evident in both his words and actions. His time on the commission may have been brief, but his impact is undeniable. Please join Commissioners Taylor and Hannah and the entire county commission family as we keep his family and friends in our prayers.”