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Ogdensburg begins search for new Department of Public Works director

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OGDENSBURG — The city is looking for a new Department of Public Works director following the retirement of Kit W. Smith.

Advertisements for the position were posted on the city’s website on Thursday in addition to appearing in regional news outlets.

Applicants have until 4 p.m. March 28 to respond. The position includes a salary range of $57,677 to $77,518.

The director is responsible for planning and maintaining streets and other city infrastructure, supervising employees and representing the city in labor relations.

City Manager John M. Pinkerton said officials are taking their time with the hiring process in order to find the best candidate.

“This position will require someone who lives in Ogdensburg,” he said. “We don’t have to rush to make a good decision.”

DPW Supervisor Gregg E. Harland is serving as interim director at a monthly stipend of $750 on top of his normal salary.

“Gregg Harland has done a super job,” Mr. Pinkerton said.

Mayor William D. Nelson said Mr. Smith, who served in the position for roughly 15 years, has “done an outstanding job as director of public works. He will be missed and he leaves big shoes to fill.”

Mr. Nelson said the position will require someone who will be able to quickly get acquainted with the city’s above-ground and underground service systems.

“It’s going to take someone with a lot of knowledge and experience to pick up the ball and run with it,” he said.

Mr. Pinkerton will have the final call on hiring and said he will be considering a wide range of applicants, including people who already work for the city.

Mr. Harland, who has been with the department since 1980 and served as supervisor since 2001, said he hasn’t decided whether he will apply.

“I have two months to think about it,” he said.

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