Departing Fern: Misses engineering, might affect plan
Gary Fern, the director of the Albemarle County Service Authority, the body that provides tap water to Albemarle citizens, says he's leaving to take a position with an engineering firm. "I got to a point in my career where I said I want to get back into engineering," says Fern. "I miss it."
When he leaves the last day of February, Fern will have served nearly four years with the Authority, presiding over construction of a replacement for the Camelot sewage facility, the North Fork Regional Pump Station, as well as a novel four-tiered pricing system which rewards misers and punishes hogs. Fern won't even have to move to take his new job with Whitman Requardt & Associates in Richmond, as he already lives partway there, in Louisa.
While the Authority that Fern has directed is not the one that's created controversy by authorizing a Nature Conservancy-sparked plan to build a single urban water source, he has served on the board of the embattled Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority. So his departure–- along with a new look by the Albemarle Board of Supervisors–- might affect that controversial plan.