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Williamsburg News – General

Posted on: September 29, 2023

City of Williamsburg Announces New Director of Public Works & Utilities

Jack ReedCity Manager Andrew O. Trivette announces the hire of Jack Reed as Director of Public Works and Utilities, effective Oct. 16, 2023. 

Reed, the current Director of Public Works and Utilities for the Town of Smithfield, was chosen after a nationwide recruitment and selection process. He succeeds Dan Clayton, who retired in July 2023 after 48.5 years with the City of Williamsburg.

A licensed Class 1 Virginia Waterworks operator and a member of the Virginia American Water Works Association, Reed started his government career as a waterworks operator with the Halifax County Service Authority. His previous experience includes serving as the Water Treatment Plant Manager for the Town of Smithfield and the James City County Service Authority, and as Utility Operations Manager for Prince George County before returning to Smithfield as Director of Public Works and Utilities in January 2021. In his current position, he also serves as the assistant town manager.

“I am excited to welcome Jack to the Williamsburg team,” City Manager Andrew O. Trivette said. “His strong background in Public Works and Utilities operations and his desire to grow a management team within the department will be a tremendous benefit to the City of Williamsburg and its residents. I am excited to see the Public Works and Utility Department’s future with his leadership as a guide.”

As the Director of Public Works and Utilities, Reed’s responsibilities include directing the development and implementation of the department’s goals, objectives, initiatives, policies, and priorities; overseeing the coordination and execution of capital improvement projects with staff, municipal departments, and regional partners; assessing and monitoring the City’s infrastructure to provide adequate levels of public service; and serving on the City of Williamsburg’s leadership team.

Reed holds a bachelor’s degree in management and leadership from Bluefield University and a master of business administration degree from Virginia Tech. He is an alumnus of the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service’s LEAD program and holds a Public Works Leadership Certificate from the Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute.

"I am humbled and honored to serve as the next Director of Public Works and Utilities for the City of Williamsburg,” Reed said. “I look forward to joining a talented team of professionals who are dedicated to excellent public service, and I am committed to leading the Public Works and Utilities Department to always achieve excellence.”

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