By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Jan. 9, 2013 — As a Pike County native and former journalist for the Appalachian News-Express, Glenn Meade is certainly no stranger to life in small-town Kentucky.
Recently elected to his first term as an Olive Hill City Council member, Meade believes that his rural Kentucky upbringing, as well as his experience in the military, gives him unique insight concenring the problems currently facing the city.
“The military is where I was indoctrinated in the field of electronics. More than that, it drilled in me the drive to succeed and to make things happen – especially when facing difficult challenges,” said Meade.
“It’s a direct correlation to handling problems in city government. When you have difficult issues, you’ve got to build teams, solve problems and overcome the obstacles.”
Meade began his Army service in 1992 working on communications and radar systems and air traffic control units, serving in Korea, Kosovo and Somalia throughout this military career.
During his enlistment, Meade was honored by the military with medals for meritorious service on two separate occasions.
In his post-Army career, Meade has worked in various roles as both developer and consultant, and received a $30,000 Rural Innovation grant from the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation to begin development of an unmanned robot designed to help military personnel detect and disarm roadside bombs in the Middle East.
Meade primarily campaigned for his council seat on a platform of innovation and forward thinking, outlining a strong desire to modernize Olive Hill both in terms of utility infrastructure and also in the formation of local policy.
As he begins his term, Meade feels it is important to hold true to those ideals.
“While it’s important to acknowledge and remember the past, it’s equally as important to look to the future when making decisions for the town,” said Meade.
“Olive Hill has a rich and proud heritage. Ultimately, though, you have to decide whether you want to live in a thriving and growing city or a museum.”
Reflecting on the reasons he decided to become involved in local politics, Meade was quick to give credit to his long-time mentor Roger Cline, a fellow Olive Hill native that instilled a sense of community service in him as his Military Science professor at Morehead State University.
“I’m definitely a person of service. This place has become my home, and I want to see Olive Hill grow and reach its full potential,” said Meade.
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