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Interim manager backs out

South Boston News
Hall / July 17, 2019

Less than two weeks after being named interim town manager for Chase City, William J. “Jay” Hall tendered his resignation, effective July 25.

Town Council accepted his resignation at a special called meeting on July 15 but gave no explanation for Hall’s sudden departure.

Hall, in a follow-up conversation, said that when he first interviewed for the interim post in Chase City, he told town officials that he was in the running for a job with the state as Manager of Code Compliance for the Department of Corrections. He was offered that position last week.

Hall said as much as he would like to stay in the area — he lives in Charlotte County but would have to commute to Midlothian for his new job — he has to consider what is in the best interests of his family and choose between a permanent position with a competitive salary and a possible position with the town.

“If someone more qualified applies, then in my opinion, the town will have to consider offering them the job,” Hall said.

When he first sought the post of interim Chase City town manager, Hall asked to be considered for the job on a permanent basis. So far, he has not withdrawn that application and plans to continue pursuing the Town Manager’s job.

Hall previously has worked as a builder, deputy state fire marshal, building inspector for Prince George County, Supervisor of Plan Review in Hanover County, and as Director of Codes and Standards for Portland Cement Association. Hall said he told Council when he accepted the interim position in late June that he wanted to “give back to the community and to help revitalize the town.”

He also expressed the view that with his background in building inspections, plan review, and as a builder, he would be able to look at buildings around town and assess if a potential tenant was suitable for the site.

Hall was hired on an interim basis to replace Angela Lawrence, who earlier this month took the position of Town Manager of Dayton in northwest Virginia.

Town officials have not said how they plan to proceed with filling the town manager’s slot following Hall’s resignation. As of Tuesday, the full-time position for town manager had not been advertised in any local paper or listed on the Virginia Municipal League site under job openings.

Information about the position can be found on the Town of Chase City official webpage under the link for downloads.

Hearing of Hall’s pending resignation, Lawrence offered to return to Chase City for one day at the end of the month to answer questions from Mayor Eddie Bratton and members of Town Council and to “tie up some loose ends.”

Hall said he, too, might be willing to continue working with the town on a part-time basis, mainly evenings and weekends, until Council fills the position, but he first needs to see how busy he will be in his new job. For now, at least through July 24, Hall said he will continue in his current role.

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