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WATA chooses new director

The board of directors of the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) chose former U.S. Air Force officer Todd Tyree as the authority’s new executive director Wednesday. Tyree will take over from interim Executive Director Bill Poster on Feb. 1. Porter has served since April after the previous executive director, Kevin Danker, resigned for undisclosed reason in March after serving since 2012.

The Authority Board is delighted that Mr. Tyree, a skilled and effective leader, manager and team-builder, has accepted the WATA Executive Director position, said board chairman Mark Carter. 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.

Tyree, a retired USAF colonel, earned his Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Brigham Young University. In the Air Force he served as Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Air Force Services Agency, base budget officer, expeditionary mission support group commander, and deputy group commander. He led groups of up to 2,600 people and has experience in personnel management, security, communications, logistics/transportation and fiscal management.

His last job was as a program manager at System High Corporation, where he led a team of over one hundred program security and operations support staff.

I am honored by the Board s selection and very excited to join the WATA team. Tyree said. 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. My family and I are delighted to return to Williamsburg and to be a part of this exceptional community.

In other action at their meeting, the WATA board:

  • approved a preliminary operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017 of nearly $12 million. Porter said that budget will change some before the spring, when WATA finds out what its partners’ contributions are.
  • approved pass though of $2.6 in grants that WATA had acted as an agent for the Virginia Department of Transportation on, which will fund new engines on the Jamestown/Scotland ferries.
  • heard from interim James City County attorney Adam Kinsman that because of an opinion from the attorney general’s office that it was a conflict of interest the county attorney’s office could no longer represent WATA.



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