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Halifax County VDOT administrator to resign

Virginia Department of Transportation Halifax Residency Administrator Joe D. Barkley II advised the Halifax County Supervisors Monday evening he has decided to resign from his post effective Jan. 1. “After 42 years with VDOT and 36 years coming to this board meeting, it’s going to be missed. But there comes a time, and they say you know when the time is right, so I guess that’s a big decision for me,” he said.

“I’m leaving with a lot of fond memories and a sense of accomplishment,” he said noting he is looking forward to his retirement years and spending time with his wife who already has retired and his five grandchildren.

Barkley said VDOT will “move on” upon his retirement, and he introduced Kenneth Martin who will serve as acting residency maintenance manager until the position is filled.

Applications are currently being received through Nov. 10.

Martin, who currently serves as the residency program manager in the Halifax office, has spent his entire career working for VDOT.

“I hired Kenneth right out of high school,” Barkley said noting he went to work as an operator at the Volens headquarters.

Since that time, he moved to the shop as a storekeeper for all the parts, and from the shop he was promoted to Bethel as timekeeper and fiscal assistant.

At Bethel he was promoted to crew leader and then supervisor before working at Crafton’s Gate in Charlotte County for nine months as a supervisor.

He returned to Volens as the superintendent, and from there he was promoted to the maintenance job in Halifax, Barkley said as he introduced Martin.

As acting residency maintenance manager, Martin will use his experience with VDOT in the position that covers Halifax County and Pittsylvania County.

“He will do a good job and will be here in case you have any questions,” Barkley said.

Martin said until they fill the position, “I’m here. Just call me when you need me. I’m here to serve.”

Barkley also said he would introduce supervisors to new VDOT Director of Transportation Jorge Huckabee Mayfield at the Nov. 15 joint meeting of the board and town councils.

Since VDOT’s recent reorganization, Mayfield has been assigned to serve as liaison to the counties of Buckingham, Cumberland, Halifax, Charlotte and Prince Edward, and the towns of Farmville, Halifax and South Boston.