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Water Supply District looking for new superintendent



Staff Writer
Friday, August 10, 2018

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The South Deerfield Water Supply District is making progress in its search to replace longtime superintendent Roger Sadoski Jr.

This week, the water commissioners took their first long look at the dozen or so resumes received since posting for the position on July 14. The district will be accepting resumes until Aug. 27, but plans on beginning the interview process as applications come in.

It was the first time the district had posted for the full-time superintendent position since Sadoski took over the post, although he has stated he has wanted to retire for several years.

During the drafting of the job posting, Sadoski repeatedly said it was going to be very challenging to find a qualified person, especially someone who is licensed to do both the manual labor and run the administrative side.

“I almost think you won’t get anybody who will do all that stuff,” Sadoski said at a water district meeting last month.

Finding a qualified individual may not be as difficult, however, based on what the commissioners said at their special meeting Monday.

“I was encouraged by the amount of folks and who applied,” Commissioner Shawn Bowman said, “I guess you never know until you put (the job posting) out there.”

Commissioner Gary Stokarski said he will like to interview, face-to-face, as many of the qualified candidates as possible. Bowman wanted to make sure they don’t let the resumes pile up. Therefore, he suggested beginning interviews with some of the people who have applied, while still accepting applicants up to the deadline.

The posting calls for a base salary of $85,000.

The initial interest in the job comes at a time when the district has received some unfavorable publicity.

The water district is under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office and was issued a subpoena for documents in early May. The state, however, has not disclosed what the investigation is about.

And in July the district was issued a conditional water capacity rating by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for a number of issues — most of which Sadoski contested as inaccurate or misguided — but chiefly for being perpetually understaffed. To address its staffing concerns, the district has entered a memorandum of understanding with Amherst’s water district to help it out when necessary.

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:

jsolomon@recorder.com or

413-772-0261, ext. 264.