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City electric director leaving for Florida

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By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Elizabeth City's electric superintendent is resigning later this month to take a job in Florida where he'll be closer to family.

Anthony Pollard plans to resign July 23, City Manager Rich Olson announced in his weekly report to the mayor and city councilors on Friday.

Pollard, who previously worked for the city of New Bern, took the superintendent's job in Elizabeth City in January 2018, replacing Karl Clow, who retired.

Pollard said in an interview he's taken an electrical job in Bushnell, Fla., to be closer to his son, who's in the Navy, and newborn grandchild.

Notably, Pollard also cited family as a consideration in first taking the job in Elizabeth City.

Pollard said he's greatly enjoyed working for the city, and noted the department has advanced several projects while making sure the "lights stay on" across the city.

Olson also said he's hired Bob Vannoy, formerly a Dominion Power supervisor in the Virginia Beach area, to serve as an interim electric superintendent. Vannoy is fully qualified for the position and has an excellent work record, Olson said.

Bringing in an outside superintendent will allow the city to keep projects moving forward while ensuring the city is well-prepared for hurricane season, Olson continued. He also said it will allow ample time for a national search for a permanent superintendent; the job is very in-demand and hard to fill, he added.

Asked about specific projects Pollard would hand off to Vannoy, Olson cited adding streetlights to Halstead Boulevard Extended and implementing the Nexgrid "smart grid" system.

Vannoy, 64, noted Friday that his retirement has proven short — he only finished with Dominion two weeks ago, he said. In coming back to work after a long career with Dominion, Vannoy said he still enjoys electrical work.

"Having done it for 45 years, it's in your blood," he said.

Vannoy recounted he's worked as a team supervisor in operations, construction and networking in his time with Dominion. In covering Virginia Beach, he also noted he was responsible for a service territory with more than 200,000 people.

Asked if he had interest in the permanent job, Vannoy said all that's been discussed is an interim job.

Vannoy also said he lives in Aydlett now, and will commute to Elizabeth City while interim superintendent. The city generally requires department heads to live in the city.

Olson also said Vannoy will be paid $7,500 a month as interim superintendent. If he worked a full year, he'd make slightly more than Pollard, who Olson said was paid $88,426 a year.

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