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Salisbury appoints Jason Wilson interim utilities director – Salisbury Post

Salisbury appoints Jason Wilson as interim utility director

Published at 00:05 on Thursday, June 13, 2024

SALISBURY – Salisbury City Manager Jim Greene has named Jason Wilson, PE, interim director of Salisbury-Rowan Utilities (SRU), effective July 1. Wilson currently serves as assistant director of SRU.

Wilson joined the City of Salisbury in 2008 as a utility engineer, where he managed capital and developer-initiated water and sanitary sewer projects. The following year, he was promoted to utility technical manager with increased budgetary and cross-departmental responsibilities. In 2019, he was named assistant utilities director, where he coordinates public infrastructure projects, directs the department’s annual budget and manages annual updates to SRU’s capital improvement plan.

“I am honored that the city manager has entrusted me to guide Salisbury-Rowan Utilities in its search for a new permanent director,” said Wilson. “My first day as interim director will coincide with the start of a new fiscal year, and we are excited to get started on new capital improvement projects that further the City’s commitment to providing quality water and wastewater services to customers in Rowan County will strengthen. SRU will continue our practice of master planning and being prepared for future growth and economic development opportunities as they arise.”

As interim SRU director, Wilson will manage water and wastewater services for more than 53,000 customers in Rowan County. His duties include conducting strategic utility planning and directing and supervising the construction of public utilities. He will lead more than 80 SRU personnel and coordinate engineering design and inspection programs.

“Jason was a natural choice to take on the interim role following the retirement of the department director later this month,” Greene said. “I have had the pleasure of working closely with Jason on a number of SRU initiatives over the past year. He has a strong command of utility engineering and design and has demonstrated the ability to manage complex projects. He will serve us well as we look for a permanent SRU director.”

Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering from North Carolina State University and received his professional engineering (PE) license in 2003. He is a graduate of the UNC-School of Government Municipal and County Administration, Leadership Rowan, the Salisbury City Manager’s Leadership Academy , and is a member of the American Water Works Association.