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Daniel lauded for service to town

South Boston Town Manager Ted Daniel, who began serving the town as town manager in November 1998, was lauded upon his retirement at Monday’s council meeting.

Mayor Ed Owens read a resolution honoring Daniel upon his retirement, effective June 30.

The resolution lauded Daniel for “his expertise, unflinching determination and courage to make the tough decisions, earning the deep respect and admiration of all those who have worked with him.”

The resolution recognized Daniel for his “tireless efforts on behalf of this
entire community which have elevated the quality of life for our citizens with greater educational and cultural opportunities, better health car opportunities, better community planning, upgraded municipal services, better housing opportunities and more recreational facilities.”

Upon a motion by Owens, council unanimously approved the multi-purpose room at the Washington-Coleman Community Center be renamed in Daniel’s honor.

Daniel allowed himself a smile as council members and the general public recalled his selfless energy and dedication to his adopted town.

The native of Alabama recalled his initial interview for the town manager position before the current council chambers were remodeled.

“This was the right place, and I’m glad that it worked out,” said Daniel, adding he had no set time for how long he would serve as town manager.

“This has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my life. I leave with mixed emotions.”

“He has done so much for this town in so many different ways,” said Master Gardener Bill McCaleb, program assistant for the Virginia Cooperative Extension. 

“No other town in Virginia has had a person who was so dedicated in getting the job done. I just want to say thanks, Ted, for all that you’ve done, not only for the town and Farmers Market.”

“Your name has resonated in my family for years,” said Councilwoman Margaret Coleman. “It’s been really wonderful getting to know you and working with you. You’re going to be missed.”

“It’s been an honor to serve with you for eight years,” said Councilman W. R. ‘Bill’ Snead Jr., also noting Daniel’s military service in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force.

“For the last year and a half, I’ve enjoyed working with you,” said Councilwoman Tina Wyatt Younger. “You were very concerned with me understanding what needed to be done.

“Anything I would ask you, you were always willing to take the time to help.”

Winston Harrell, the newest council member noted Daniel’s willingness to bring him up to speed with the ongoing issues, and Councilman Coleman Speece remarked he hopes Daniel and his wife remain in South Boston.

“Quite frankly, I’m mad with you,” joked Councilman Bob Hughes. “You raised the bar so high you sure did make it difficult for the Current Issues Committee to try to get people lined up to take your place. I really appreciate the sound, quality advice you’ve given me.”

“I was a member of council when we hired Ted,” recalled Mayor Ed Owens. “We interviewed and went through a process.  He sent in a video, and to a person when we saw his video, we said that’s the guy.

“He came in and sat down and talked to us, and we knew he was the right guy for the job. We do appreciate what you’ve done for our town, you put us in a position where we can move forward. 

“You deserve our gratitude.”