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Erving DPW’s top job cut

ERVING — The town has again reorganized leadership of the public works departments, and a long-time town employee is out of a job.

The Board of Selectmen in 2012 reconfigured several town departments to bring them under the control of a single person, cutting and creating positions in the process.

The board eliminated the positions of highway superintendent and environmental supervisor, the top position at the wastewater treatment plant. The two positions were combined into a new director of public works, with the highway, water, wastewater and building and grounds staff reporting to that position.

Former Highway Superintendent Paul Prest was appointed to the job, but the board has now eliminated the post and Prest.

Town Administrator Thomas Sharp wrote in a memo to town employees and officials that the Board of Selectmen voted June 16 to eliminate the position.

“Unfortunately, what this means is that Paul is no longer employed by the town. Paul has served the town loyally for 28 years. As you can imagine, this was not an easy decision for the board,” Sharp wrote.

Sharp said the board has been evaluating all departments and determined the supervisor position was not needed.

“The board decided it was not a good fit; it was too big for a town department like ours, like Erving’s,” Sharp said.

Prest was not immediately available for comment.

The foremen of the respective departments are now in charge. Glenn McCrory at the Highway Department and Peter Sanders at the Water Department.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: ccurtis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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