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The Williamsburg Area Transit Authority has appointed a new executive director nine months after former director Kevan Danker resigned.
Todd Tyree will replace interim director Bill Porter on Feb. 1.
As WATA executive director, Tyree will oversee the management of the transit authority; build relationships at the local, regional, state and federal levels; and ensure the implementation of a long-term regional vision for transit services in the Historic Triangle, according to a WATA news release.
Tyree is a former U.S. Air Force colonel who has held several senior officer positions around the world. According to the news release, Tyree “demonstrated calm, decisive leadership of groups as large as 2,600 people and expertise in the areas of personnel management, security, communications, logistics/transportation and fiscal management” during his military service.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Brigham Young University and his master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University.
Tyree was most recently employed with Chantilly-based System High Corporation, where he worked as a program manager.
In a statement, Mark Carter, chairman of the WATA Board of Directors, called Tyree a “skilled and effective leader, manager and team-builder.”
“We believe that the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm he brings to the organization will help the entire WATA team fulfill its commitment to provide safe and reliable public transit service in the Greater Williamsburg area,” Carter said.
Tyree said in a statement that he was honored to be selected and is looking forward to joining the WATA team.
“This position is a remarkable opportunity to serve by ensuring the operation of a safe, dependable and efficient transit system which enhances livability and quality of life in the Williamsburg area,” Tyree said.
Tyree’s appointment comes after a nationwide search to replace Danker, who led the transit authority from August 2012 to March 2015. While Danker was executive director WATA, he introduced a service that allows riders to track the location of buses in real time, a route serving the Jamestown area, a new design for future buses, and changes to the trolley and bus routes.
WATA buses serve James City County, Upper York County and Williamsburg and also connect to Surry County and Newport News.