Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Charles City county administrator named director of Williamsburg Transit Authority

Zach Trogdon was appointed WATA executive director Wednesday morning. (Courtesy WATA)

The Williamsburg Area Transit Authority’s search for a new executive director is over.

Zach Trogdon was appointed Wednesday to lead the transit system that operates 11 bus routes across James City County, the City of Williamsburg and the Bruton District of York County. WATA’s proposed financial year 2018 budget was over $13 million.

Trogdon was appointed by the authority’s Board of Directors at a special board meeting, according to a WATA press release.

The organization had been without a permanent executive director since October, when Todd Tyree stepped down citing a health concern in his family.

“I look forward to the experience of working with all of the localities, Colonial Williamsburg, and the College of William & Mary and I am excited to be in a position that can have such a positive impact on the community and its residents,” Trogdon said in the release. “Exciting times are ahead for the Authority as we embark on forming our vision for the future as the area grows and changes.”

The Executive Director oversees management of WATA and its projects and programs. They also act 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, the release stated.

Trogdon’s resume includes more than a decade of work in local government management. Most recently, Trogdon served as the County Administrator of Charles County. He had held the position since 2012.

Previously, Trogdon was the town manager of Boiling Springs, North Carolina, a college town outside of Charlotte.

“The Board believes that Mr. Trogdon’s broad background in local government management will be an asset to the organization,” said Doug Powell, Chairman of the Board. Powell also serves as the general manager of the James City Service Authority.

Interim Executive Director Bill Porter will continue to serve in the role until Trogdon takes over the duties of the position in mid-June.

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