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Greenfield hires new DPW boss

Will take over position Feb. 19

GREENFIELD — The town has a new public works director: Arthur Baker, currently the director of public works, solid waste and recycling for the town of Branford, Conn. He will assume his duties on Feb. 19.

Prior to that position he served as the director of public works for the town of Monroe, Conn. He has 10 years of professional municipal experience, having also served as the deputy director of public works for Monroe before his assuming the director’s position. His work experience also includes serving as a project or staff engineer in the private sector for 10 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut – Storrs.

Mayor William Martin made the announcement Wednesday, touting Baker’s combination of private and municipal experience in managing budgets, projects, and departments. Baker will replace retiring DPW head Sandra Shields.

“He will be able to continue her success and move the department forward in these challenging economic times,” said Martin.

“Although I know I have a tough act to follow with the exceptional accomplishments by Sandra and her team, I look forward to working with the staff and the community to continue to provide the level of service expected and work on the challenges facing the Town of Greenfield,” Baker was quoted as saying in an announcement released by the mayor’s office.

“I am excited to start my new endeavor in the town that much of my family grew up in and still resides!” said Baker.

Details of that family background and how much Baker will be paid were unavailable at press time. The new director will make between $74,400 and $90,331 a year, depending on his experience, Dennis Helmus, the town’s human resources director, has said previously.

Baker will be in charge of a department with a yearly budget of $1.9 million and will oversee 55 employees.

Shields plans to retire March 1, after five years in the position and almost 40 years with the town.

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