WATA appoints interim executive director

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WATA appointed an interim Executive Director Wednesday. (Courtesy WATA.)
WATA appointed an interim Executive Director Wednesday. (Courtesy WATA.)

Williamsburg Area Transit Authority’s Board of Directors decided on a new interim executive director Wednesday morning.

William C. Porter, Jr. agreed to serve as interim executive director by Nov. 9, according to documents shared by WATA at Wednesday’s meeting. 

WATA’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a resolution to formalize Porter’s appointment until a permanent executive director is hired.  Porter served as interim Executive Director from April 2015 through January 2016.

“The hiring of an executive director is one of the most important decisions the board of directors makes,” Porter wrote to the Board in a memorandum shared at the meeting. “Before the actual recruitment begins the Board should spend some time identifying the attributes of the person they want to serve as the executive director.”

According to a meeting memo, the executive director acts as liaison between WATA and local, regional, state and federal organizations, reports to the board on WATA operations, prepares the annual budget, and holds direct supervisory responsibility for WATA employees.

Patrick Teague, Acting Director of Human Resources for James City County, will have a lead role in the recruiting and screening process. According to Teague, the job posting will be posted on nine different websites by Friday, Nov. 25.  Three of the sites are industry-specific, and the board will decide the minimum qualifications for applicants.

Porter replaces Todd Tyree, who had served as executive director since Feb. 1. Tyree resigned at October’s WATA board meeting, citing a health issue in his family.

“In his time with WATA, [Tyree] was involved in almost every aspect of the Authority and made considerable contributions to the organization and its mission,” WATA Communications Specialist Katie Johnason said in an email. “He was an exemplary leader who treated employees, customers, and community members with respect and compassion and he is missed by many on the WATA team.”