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January 28, 2010

Charlottesville City Manager Gary O'Connell to lead Albemarle's water authority

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Oconnell By Brian Wheeler
Charlottesville Tomorrow
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Charlottesville City Manager, Gary O'Connell, has been named the next Executive Director of the Albemarle County Service Authority (ACSA).  He will succeed Gary Fern, whose last day at the county water authority is February 26, 2010. O'Connell is a 28-year resident of the Charlottesville-Albemarle area.

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ACSA Chairman, Clarence Roberts, said his Board of Directors reviewed 30 applications from 10 states.  O'Connell was one of 5 finalists interviewed for the position.  In an interview, Roberts said O'Connell is well prepared to manage the numerous water and sewer projects underway in Albemarle's urban areas.

As ACSA's new leader, O'Connell will also remain on the Board of the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority (RWSA) which is overseeing the implementation of the 50-year community water supply plan approved in 2006.  Now his direction, however, will be provided by the ACSA board which is appointed by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.  As City Manager, Charlottesville City Council provided O'Connell direction on water matters before the RWSA.

O'Connell will start his new position effective May 1, 2010 and receive a base salary of $125,000.

Stay tuned for complete coverage of this developing story by Charlottesville Tomorrow and The Daily Progress.

TIMELINE FOR PODCAST:

  • 01:00 - Chair Clarence Roberts calls meeting to order and describes extent of search
  • 02:50 - Vice Chair John Martin announces the selection of the executive director's search
  • 06:30 - Charlottesville Tomorrow's interview with Clarence Roberts

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