Orange County chooses experienced leader for Solid Waste Department

ORANGE COUNTY (December 19, 2017) -- Robert E. Williams, who has more than two decades of experience in local government solid waste and public works management, has been chosen to lead Orange County's Solid Waste Management Department.

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He currently serves as Assistant Director of Sanitation Services for the City of Dallas. Prior to taking the job in Dallas in February 2016, he worked for nearly a decade as Assistant Director of Solid Waste Management for the City of Durham.

"Orange County is an industry leader regarding waste diversion and recycling," said Williams. "Working for a community that is committed to improving the quality of life for its citizens is an exciting and fun place to work. I will use my knowledge and experience of the waste industry to keep Orange County as the leading waste diverting community in the state of North Carolina."

Williams was chosen after a nationwide search that attracted interest from dozens of candidates. He will begin Jan. 8, 2018.

"Robert will be a welcome addition to Orange County," said County Manager Bonnie Hammersley. "His experience, knowledge and familiarity with North Carolina will be a major asset for the department."

Williams earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Savannah (Ga.) State University in 1999 and earned his Master's of Public Administration from N.C. Central in Durham in December 2011.

Williams replaces Gayle Wilson, who retired in July after 28 years.