Williamsburg Area Transit Authority’s Executive Director Resigns

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Kevan Danker
Kevan Danker

The Williamsburg Area Transit Authority’s Board of Directors will decide Wednesday whether to appoint former James City County Assistant County Administrator William Porter as the bus service’s interim director after Kevan Danker’s March 18 resignation.

Danker had served as executive director since August 2012. He submitted a letter of resignation at a March 18 WATA board of directors meeting, immediately ending his employment with the bus service.

The resignation was submitted to WATA’s board of directors during a closed session.

After coming back from closed session, the board voted unanimously to accept Danker’s resignation and to keep him on the payroll through July in recognition of his service, according to minutes from the meeting.

The board is composed of representatives from the three Historic Triangle localities and Colonial Williamsburg. WYDaily attempted to contact all five board members, but none were available for comment by press time.

Danker was promoted to executive director after spending a little more than a year as WATA’s vice president for planning and development. He has worked in public transportation in Virginia for more than 25 years, with previous experience in transit administration in Charlottesville and Blacksburg.

WATA Senior Communications Specialist Amy Arditi Hibbard said Porter has been serving as the interim executive director since April 6. He has 38 years of experience working in local government, including a 12-year stint as the Assistant James City County Administrator. He retired in September 2008.

The WATA board will formally vote whether to make Porter the interim executive director at a 10 a.m. Wednesday meeting at the Quarterpath Recreation Center. A process for finding a full-time replacement director has not yet been established by the board.

WATA provides bus service throughout James City County, Upper York County and Williamsburg. It also connects to Surry County and Newport News.

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