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South Boston town manager announces retirement

South Boston Town Manager Ted Daniel, who has been on the job since 1998, has announced his retirement effective Jan. 1.

The town manager informed town council of his decision after a closed session following Monday night’s work session.

Daniel, 69, was hired as town manager and began his duties in that capacity on Dec. 7, 1998.

Daniel thanked Interim Mayor Ed Owens and council members both past and present for the outstanding support he has received over the past 15 years.

During his tenure as town manager, the town has made efforts toward revitalization, including the adaptive re-use of former tobacco warehouse buildings into the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and The Prizery, as well as the Innovation Center.

The Church Hill, Taylor Lofts and New Brick Warehouse housing projects, as well as the ecoMod housing project have taken place under his watch. 

Construction is ongoing on the Washington-Coleman Community Center project, with anticipated completion of the current phase of its development anticipated later this year.