Virginia Land Surveyor Mays to retire

A Virginia land surveyors retirement has been announced.

Maryland-based surveyor William T. Smith has been named president of the Virginia Land Surveys Association.

Smith, 74, joined the Virginia Association of Surveyors in 2004 and served as its president until 2011.

His most recent term ends in September 2020.

Maryland’s land survey service is one of several state agencies that is under intense scrutiny from federal and state regulators after the U.S. Department of the Interior in August revoked its 2016 permit to drill for oil and gas in state waters.

The agency is also investigating a spill in the Marcellus Shale in western Pennsylvania that contaminated drinking water in Philadelphia.