The Town of Vinton has named William “Bo” Herndon as their new Director of Public Works. He has worked for the Public Works department for nearly 10 years, beginning as a Utility Technician before being quickly promoted to Special Projects Manager.
In 2016, Herndon was promoted to Emergency Service Coordinator, where he worked closely with the Fire Department and Police Department for the safety of the Town. In 2017 he moved up to the position of Assistant Public Works Director and has been Acting Public Works Director for several months.
He is currently serving on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), Roanoke Valley Public Works Association/Equipment Rodeo, Town of Vinton Safety, Public Works, and Roanoke Regional Public Works Association (RRPWA) committees.
“I have particularly been impressed with Bo’s positive attitude and his creativity and ingenuity to achieve an end goal,” said Vinton Town Manager Pete Peters. “Bo maintains an excellent rapport with his staff and possesses an ability to lead his team, while also being able to roll up his sleeves and work directly alongside his crews when necessary. He really embodies the technique and skill of what you would describe as a ‘players coach.’ He is knowledgeable about his game plan and approaches each project from a tactical perspective, no different than a coach would game plan for his next opponent. I am excited for Bo moving into this new role and the fact that we have yet again been able to promote from within says a great deal about the Town’s recruitment and hiring practices to groom our next generation of leadership from within is proving to be successful.”
Herndon is originally from Roanoke and a graduate of Patrick Henry High School. He currently resides in Roanoke County. He is the proud father of two sons, Craig and Cole Herndon, and “loves being a Pa-pa to their children.”
In his spare time, you will often find Herndon on the football or softball field as a VHSL referee. He has been officiating games for 22 years. He also referees travel softball. His favorite pastime is “being on the field helping Coach his grandson Matthew.”