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South Boston names new town manager to replace retiring Ted Daniel

Timothy L. Wilson, currently the director of community development for Bedford County, will begin his duties as town manager for the Town of South Boston on June 16.

Wilson replaces Ted Daniel, who is retiring at the end of June.

A Newport News native, Wilson will earn an annual salary of $108,000, according to a press release issued on Friday.

“With over 25 years of public service experience, Tim will complement our exceptional team of town employees,” said Mayor Ed Owens.

“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.

Wilson was chosen after an extensive search that yielded 56 applicants, a field that was narrowed to three finalists.

Following a second interview on May 12, Owens offered Wilson the position on behalf of council.

South Boston’s newest town manager has served as community development director for Bedford County since 2011, and he has served in a variety of local government management positions, including director of planning and development for Nags Head, N.C.; director of planning and community development for Middlesex County, Virginia; director of planning for Brunswick County; and as an economic development planner with the Southside Planning District Commission in South Hill, Virginia.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Christopher Newport University and has numerous urban and public planning certificates, which include Legal and Legislative Foundations of Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University; the Virginia Certified Board of Zoning Appeals Program and the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioners Program.

South Boston Town Councilman Bob Hughes, who has a background in human resources and management development, pointed to the lengthy process it took to get the right man for the job.

“We’re excited.  Council voted unanimously to extend an offer,” said Hughes of Wilson’s selection.

“His education and career experience are a great match for our town, where we are right now and the needs we may have, as well as future developmental opportunities on the horizon.

“He’s got well-rounded planning and zoning experience with utilities and working with police and firemen.”

Wilson comes across as a consummate professional both in his approach to problem solving and follow-up while remaining very approachable and open to input, added Hughes. 

“That’s a great combination.”