continued The town had planned to poll residents at the election, asking them if they would like to keep the DPW superintendent as an elected post or one that is appointed by the town board.
The Department of Public Works was officially formed in 1993 to put the duties of managing the highway department, water and sewer systems under one umbrella with Jacques as the superintendent.
Hatch also said that with an appointed position, the town would be able to hire a superintendent based on qualifications.
“If they are elected, they can come in with no qualifications to run the systems,” Hatch said. “With an appointed superintendent, the board can look at the qualifications and then make a determination. The board also has more control and input on operational matters, where with an elected position, the only control it really has is over the money at budget time.”