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Chase City taps new director of public works / August 28, 2019

A Chase City resident has been tapped to head the town’s public works department.

Jim Wilson was named interim director of public works in July following the ouster of Jeff Gurley. Before his termination in February, Gurley served as director of the Public Works Department of Chase City for more than a decade.

Mayor Eddie Bratton said the town is mulling over the exact title for Wilson’s position. He thinks it will be supervisor or superintendent of Public Works. So far Wilson has not been told the exact date his permanent position will begin.

Wilson, whose wife Michelle works as a florist in town, was looking for a job closer to home prior to taking over the town shop. He was commuting nearly two hours in each direction to his job as plant manager for two utility plants operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections, one in Goochland and one in Powhatan.

While he enjoyed the work, Wilson said the commute was tiring. Before working with the Department of Corrections, Wilson spent 19 years as an operator at the now-shuttered Dominion co-gen power plant in Clarksville.

Wilson was named interim director on July 16 and earlier this month was offered the permanent position by town officials.

He said he’s found his new role exciting and he looks forward to spending less time on the road and more time with his family. In addition to wife Michelle, Wilson’s family includes son Joshua, 29, who works for Microsoft.

One added perk of Wilson’s new job: he now has more time to enjoy his favorite hobby, deer hunting.

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