Fairfax, Virginia – Steven T. Edgemon has announced his retirement from Fairfax Water after 18 years of service at Fairfax Water and 40 years in the drinking water industry. His retirement will be effective June 30, 2021. Mr. Edgemon has served as General Manager since 2019 after 15 years as Deputy General Manager. Before joining Fairfax Water, Mr. Edgemon was Vice-President and General Manager of Virginia American Water Company, based in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Edgemon leaves behind a legacy of excellent financial leadership and successful acquisition of the Vulcan Quarry as a future water supply for our customers.
Phil Allin, Chairman of the Fairfax Water Board, states, "We are so grateful for the dedication and experience Mr. Edgemon has brought to Fairfax Water. We will miss his leadership and guidance and wish him a very happy retirement."
On July 1, 2021, Jamie Bain Hedges will become the General Manager, and John W. Kingsbury III will become Deputy General Manager. Ms. Hedges and Mr. Kingsbury have a combined experience of almost 70 years in the drinking water industry. According to Chairman Allin, "many water utilities today cannot compete with that level of experience. Ms. Hedges and Mr. Kingsbury have the knowledge and talent needed to build on the current success of Fairfax Water."
Ms. Hedges currently serves as the Deputy General Manager and has been with Fairfax Water for over 31 years. Prior to her appointment to Deputy General Manager in 2019, she served Director of the Planning and Engineering Division and Manager of Planning. Ms. Hedges has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from Virginia Tech. Ms. Hedges is a licensed Professional Engineer and a member of the American Water Works Association.
Mr. Kingsbury joined Fairfax Water in 2000 after serving 15 years with American Water. Prior to his appointment to Director of Transmission and Distribution in 2005, he was Manager of Mechanical and Distribution Maintenance. Mr. Kingsbury has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Marshall University and a Master's degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a licensed Waterworks Operator, Licensed Professional Engineer, and a member of the American Water Works Association, where he has served on committees at the local and national levels.