After working to help individuals find careers for the past 20 years, Virginia Employment Commission Manager Cathy Conner is retiring.

Her colleagues celebrated her retirement Wednesday at the Virginia Career Works South Central Region on Houghton Avenue with a presentation of plaques recognizing her hard work and dedication, a commemorative mug from VEC and more.

Tom Raab, South Boston town manager, presented Conner with a plaque from the town that read, “It is with great pleasure that we offer congratulations on your pending retirement from the Virginia Employment Commission effective July 1, 2019.

“During your career, you have served the citizens of Southside Virginia well. You have helped provide the skills and services our citizens require to find good jobs here at home.”

Conner also has served on Governor Ralph Northam’s job training coordinating council board, the workforce development board for Region 8, and she has served as the programs chairman for the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce.

Kimberly McIvor of the Lynchburg Virginia Unemployment Office also presented Conner a Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Retirement for her dedicated service to the Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Employment Commission signed by the Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, Governor Northam and Commissioner Ellen Marie Hess.

Prior to coming to the Virginia Workforce Center on Houghton Avenue in 2015, Conner worked as the EL job placement coordinator, a project director and a director for career placement and tech prep for Danville Community College.

“I’m going to miss all of you. I am grateful for the time I got to spend here. I’ve enjoyed my tenure with the state. It’s been a great experience. I’m looking forward to a new chapter,” said Conner.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Ashley Hodge is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at