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SoVaNow.com / May 22, 2014For incoming town manager Timothy L. Wilson, the next phase of his career represents a homecoming of sorts.
Wilson, who takes the helm as South Boston Town Manager on June 16, is familiar with the community after having worked with the Southside Planning District Commission in South Hill two decades ago. He comes to South Boston fresh from serving as community development director for Bedford County.
He succeeds Ted Daniel, longtime town manager who is retiring at the end of June. Wilson will earn an annual salary of $108,000.
A native of Newport News and a graduate of Christopher Newport University, Wilson is well-traveled — his career in public service has taken him to Middlesex County, Va., Nags Head, N.C. and Bedford County — but his first job out of college was with the Southside Planning District Commission, the grant-writing and planning agency for Halifax, Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties.
“I feel like I have now gone full circle,” he said this week in a telephone interview from his Bedford office.
Wilson expressed excitement about his pending move to South Boston and said he is very familiar with Southside Virginia. After graduating from Christopher Newport in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, he went to work for the SPDC as an economic development planner. “Joyce French hired me,” he said, referring to the longtime former director of the agency.
During his time in South Hill, Wilson assisted South Boston officials in putting together a downtown revitalization study for the town. He also worked on updating comprehensive plans for the then-City of South Boston and Halifax County.
“I met with City Manager Aubrey Houghton and Jane Jones at that time,” recalled Wilson. “I believe Mr. Houghton was preparing for his retirement from the job, so I was surprised that he would give me so much of his time as a new planner. But he was very cordial and obviously highly intelligent and most helpful.”
Living at the time in neighboring Mecklenburg County, Wilson said his younger daughter, Sarah, was born at Halifax Regional Hospital. “So you see, she is really a South Boston native,” he added.
Wilson and his wife, Sharon, are the parents of two daughters: 25-year-old Rebecca, who lives in Chesapeake and 23-year-old, Sarah, who has recently graduated from UNC-Pembrook and has accepted a teaching position in the Sanford, N.C. area.
The couple has two grandchildren, Robbie and Rachael.
Wilson said he is currently looking for a house in the community and will be in town Monday, June 16 to take over the reins of his new job. Sharon Wilson also will be looking for a job here. Currently, she does social work for Bedford Memorial Hospital. When the family lived in Mecklenburg, she worked with the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services. According to her husband, she has has remained in contact with friends at the Social Services office over the years.
For the past three and a half years, Wilson has served as director of community development for Bedford County. Prior to that job, he served as director of planning and development for the town of Nags Head, N.C., from 2002 to 2010; he also worked as a planner for Middlesex and Brunswick counties in Virginia.
Wilson was among the 56 applicants who sought the position and was hired following a May 12 closed meeting of Town Council. He was among the three finalists for the job.
“With over 25 years of public service experience, Tim will complement our exceptional team of Town employees,” said South Boston Mayor Ed Owens in a prepared statement. “My fellow elected officials on Town Council and I look forward to Tim’s leadership and professional guidance as he works with us, town departments, other local and state governmental organizations, and the community at-large to continue to make South Boston an evolving place where great things are happening.”
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