York Water CEO to retire next year

Ioannis Pashakis//June 26, 2019

York Water CEO to retire next year

Ioannis Pashakis//June 26, 2019

Joseph Hand, COO of The York Water Company, will be taking over as president and CEO next year. PHOTO/SUBMITTED
Jeffrey Hines, president and CEO of The York Water Company, announced he will be retiring from the organization next year. PHOTO/SUBMITTED

The York Water Co.’s president and CEO, Jeffrey Hines, is retiring after more than a decade of leading the York Township, York County-based water utility.

Hines’ retirement will take effect March 1, 2020 and was approved Monday by the company’s board of directors. He will be followed by Joseph T. “JT” Hand, York Water’s COO.

The retirement date will mark Hines’ 12th anniversary as president and CEO and his 30th anniversary with the company.

“Jeff has been an incredible force at York Water over the past 30 years and we will miss his collaborative and humble leadership style,” said George Hodges, chairman of the company’s board.

Hand has been COO for 12 years where he oversaw operations, engineering, technology and customer service functions for the company.

Hand also worked for 22 years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and retired as a lieutenant colonel. Hand has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Vermont and is currently completing an MBA at York College.

Hodges said that Hand has the perfect credentials for the job.

“JT’s integrity, competence and leadership have been instrumental in York Water’s growth,” Hodges said. “JT has been responsible for 20 acquisitions while at the same time insuring our water supply is prepared for the next 200 years of service to our growing community.”

York Water provides service to over 70,000 water and wastewater customers throughout southcentral Pennsylvania.