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Daniel to retire at end of year

SoVaNow.com / August 01, 2013


South Boston Town Manager Ted Daniel has announced he will retire at the end of this year. On Monday night following a closed session of Town Council, Daniel thanked the mayor and council members for their support of him over the past 15 years.

Hhis retirement would become effective on Jan. 1.

Daniel, who is 69, said he and his wife will continue to live in South Boston, their home for the past 15 years. “We’re not going anywhere. We’ve lived here longer than any other place and this is home. You’ll still see us at Food Lion and at Belks, and I plan to be involved in the community as well.”

Daniel took over as town manager on Dec. 7, 1998 after applying for the job in August 1998.

For the remainder of his tenure in office, Daniel said he will stay busy trying to complete several ongoing projects — the biggest being the Washington-Coleman Community Center.

As town manager, Daniel has been closely involved in several rehabilitation projects, including the Church Hill community upgrade and the conversion of the old R. J. Reynolds Tobacco factory into Taylor Lofts. More recently, he has been a leading advocate of the ecoMod housing units that were recently placed on Poplar Creek Street.

He also presided during the openings of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, the SVHEC Innovation Center and The Prizery.

After working for the past 47 years, Daniel said he knows it is time to call it quits. Having just returned this week from a vacation at the beach with his wife, two daughters and four grandchildren, he said he had time to think about retirement: “I just did not want to turn 70 still working,” he said.

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