Winchell’s last day on the job

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NNSA’s Los Alamos Site Office chief retires

By Carol A. Clark

Today is playing out like any other work day for Donald L. Winchell, Jr.

He’s been on a term limited three-year appointment as the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office manager and said this morning that he’ll finish out today like any other, even though it’s his last day on the job.

Deputy Site Manager Roger Snyder will serve as acting site manager until Kevin Smith comes on board Aug. 29, Winchell said.

Meantime, leisure beckons.

“We’ll travel some but we plan to stay in New Mexico,” Winchell said, adding that he and his wife Donna live in La Mesilla where he purchased land in 1952. “I plan to enjoy life and perhaps do some consulting.”

His responsibilities as site manager included oversight of the Los Alamos National Laboratory with a budget of more than $2 billion, covering 43 square miles, 18 nuclear facilities and various multi-programmatic missions.

One of the biggest challenges Winchell faced during his tenure was finalizing a cooperative agreement with the Los Alamos County Fire Department, which had been in the works for about 11 years.

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