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HCSA director Jones to retire in June

SoVaNow.com / January 07, 2013
The executive director of the Halifax County Service Authority, Willie Jones, is retiring effective June 30.

In commenting on Jones’ retirement HCSA Board Chairman Dexter Gilliam stated, “Willie has done a phenomenal job as the initial Executive Director of the Authority. Through his leadership the Authority has made great strides in providing quality, uniform services to the customers of South Boston, Halifax and Halifax County. We will miss his leadership but also wish him well in his retirement.”

Gilliam also indicated a search for a new Executive Director will begin immediately.

Contacted on Sunday, HCSA Director Coleman Speece, who has served on the board since its inception in 2007, called Jones’ retirement “devastating news.”

Speece said Jones had earlier advised directors that he would be stepping down, but nevertheless “it will be hard to fill his shoes.”

He said replacing Jones will not be easy because of the nature of the job. “It takes someone with a peculiar set of abilities to manage the small but diverse staff, as well as managing the technological and financial issues,” said Speece.

“We still have a lot of challenges facing us, but Willie will be with us till the end of June, and it is my hope that we will be able to find a replacement for him.”

In announcing his retirement, Jones said, “It has been for me a special privilege and unique opportunity to be entrusted as a steward of this community’s resources. I have enjoyed an incredible degree of support from the HCSA Board of Directors, employees, and community leaders as we have worked together to enable the Authority to fulfill the purposes for which it was created.

“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose and for me it is now time to move on. I leave with a deep sense of gratitude for all we have accomplished together.”







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