Greenfield hires first facilities manager
Town of Greenfield Centera Maintenance Director George VanDelinder
Town of Greenfield Central Maintenance Director George VanDelinder
GREENFIELD — The mayor has hired the town’s first facilities manager, who will run Greenfield’s Central Maintenance Department and lead the crew that takes care of all of the town’s buildings.
George VanDelinder started in the position earlier this month. Central Maintenance is part of the town’s public works division. His office is in 20 Sanderson St.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the Town of Greenfield,” said VanDelinder. “Since I first visited, I have found Greenfield to be a very comfortable place to live. I look forward to serving the town.”
Mayor William Martin said VanDelinder has more than 30 years of experience as a mechanical engineer and a registered professional engineer.
The mayor said the timing of VanDelinder’s hire is very important given the pending construction of a new $66 million high school and new energy management systems that will be installed in municipal buildings.
“George will have input into the systems installed and have a ground-up working knowledge of the new high school,” said Martin.
Before relocating to Greenfield, VanDelinder was employed by Revision Military of Essex Junction, Vt., a manufacturer of high-performance eye wear protection for the United States and NATO.
Martin created the Central Maintenance Department a couple of years ago in an attempt to consolidate and save money, he said.
The department is responsible for maintaining all town and school buildings so that costly services that were previously contracted are reduced, said Martin. He said the department will also improve the maintenance and capital planning for repairs and upgrades.
“We are very pleased and fortunate George accepted the Central Maintenance manager position with the town,” said Martin. “I am always so impressed by such competent individuals who realize the limited resources of a small city, but base their decision on quality-of-life issues.”
Martin said he is confident that VanDelinder, because of his knowledge, experience and professionalism, will prove to be a tremendous asset for Greenfield. He said VanDelinder is “quite capable for the challenges of his new department.”
VanDelinder has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and has specialized training in several fields, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning and computerized maintenance and management software. He has been a project manager, project engineer, and director of operations for small corporations in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.