Kelly McMurray was appointed to the Roanoke County Planning Commission in January 2020 to represent the Cave Spring District. The opportunity arose when Paul Mahoney, former Cave Spring Planning Commissioner, won election to the Board of Supervisors.
Kelly moved to the Penn Forest area of Roanoke County as a teenager and graduated from Cave Spring High School. Kelly has a B.A. in English/Film Studies from the University of Nebraska. The course of study focused on writing and storytelling, and their place in our culture. He also has a keen interest in American History and Western Civilization. Kelly returned to Roanoke County after college with a desire to be involved in his community. Professionally, he has focused on growing businesses in the Roanoke Valley. Kelly works for an insurance company that specializes in underwriting services for specialty insurance lines. Becoming aware of how the Planning Commission and other County boards work with County departments to create an attractive nest for prospective residents and businesses sparked his interest in public service.
Kelly believes that “we live in the most beautiful corner on planet Earth.” His favorite aspect of living in the Roanoke Valley is the natural beauty and the abundant outdoor recreation. He loves the fact that he can leave work at the end of the day and be knee-deep, fishing in a river within minutes. He appreciates that the area is simultaneously a “sleepy mountain town,” yet located on a major interstate, home to thriving businesses, with quality health care and excellent college institutions. He believes the area will continue to grow while retaining qualities of a quiet, safe and peaceful place that enjoys the amenities of a bigger town. As the Valley’s economic growth continues to encompass medical, technological and educational industries it is important to attend to Roanoke County’s responsibilities. Kelly wants to join those who have higher expectations for the Roanoke Valley into the future.
Kelly says that ideally local government is a conduit for the people and business owners who are here. He believes that government officials have a responsibility to listen to their constituents and act upon their concerns, while building a community that is inclusive to everyone. Kelly looks forward to learning more about the processes that led to the current Roanoke County Comprehensive Plan, and other area plans and studies. Kelly’s goal as a Planning Commissioner is to provide good stewardship of Roanoke County. After observing other localities experience brain drain, mismanaged funds, or abuse of the public trust he believes that leaders should plan for the future while protecting quality of life.
In his free time, Kelly likes to paint and write, and considers himself an avid outdoorsman and family man. He is outgoing, good-humored and loves to talk. Don’t be shy to engage in conversation with our new Planning Commissioner!