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Estes named HCSA director

SoVaNow.com / May 09, 2013
Mark Estes, director of operations for the Halifax County Service Authority, has been promoted to HCSA Executive Director.

The announcement came late Tuesday when authority chairman Dexter Gilliam announced that the board had chosen Estes to replace the current director Willie Jones, who announced his plans to retire by June back in January.

“Mark is a lifelong resident of this community who has successfully held a number of positions with the Town of South Boston and most recently as the Director of Operations for the Authority,” Gilliam said.

“Mark has performed his current duties in an exemplary manner and the Board has the utmost confidence in his ability to lead the Authority as its next Executive Director,” he added.

Estes said on Wednesday that he is thrilled that the HCSA board has the confidence in him to place him in the position.

“I feel very fortune to have worked with Willie Jones, and we have developed a master plan for the Authority that will help to guide me in the future,” he said.

Estes began work in water and sewer operations for the City of South Boston back in 1984, and continued his employment with the town through 2008, when the Halifax County Service Authority was formed to take over the consolidated system with Halifax County and the Town of Halifax. His background in the field spans 28 years. “My experience,” he said, “has been a big asset for me.”

HCSA Vice Chairman Coleman Speece said he is confident that Estes will do a good job: “He has the residual knowledge of the system, having worked with it for many years, and he is devoted to his work.”

Speece said the board first interviewed six of the nine candidates who applied for the position, then narrowed it to three in the second set of interviews.

“We had some very strong candidates and it was a tough decision,” Speece said, “but we are happy with our choice.”

In announcing the promotion of Estes, the HCSA board also thanked Jones “for his outstanding leadership as Executive Director since the inception of the Authority,” according to Gilliam.



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