Public works creates new position of foreman in water department

By | September 24, 2018 8:16 am

Dillard Quick, public works director for City of Sparta, addresses Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen about plans for a newly created position. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed Thursday night the future retirement of supervisor Greg O’Neal and who will be in the best person to take over his job when the time comes.

Dillard Quick, public works director, said he is not expecting O’Neal to retire for another few years, but he wants to be prepared when it happens. For this reason, the department is creating a foreman position. The person who gets the position will also get a raise in pay.

“Once Greg retires in 10 to 12 years, this guy should take over for him,” said Quick. “We’re not adding anybody, just putting someone else in position to be the next step. We’re trying to make sure that we hone this person’s skills to where he can take over when the time comes.”

Even though Quick explained that the new position will be for the next person to take over for O’Neal, Sparta Mayor Jeff Young went on to say that the person taking the new foreman position will not necessarily move into O’Neal’s old position.

“That person will gain more training and be the best person slated to get that job,” said Young. “I don’t want this person to ever be under the concept that when Greg’s gone [they’re] getting that job.”

In other matters of business, the board:

-Authorized the purchase of a used truck for the public works department in the amount of $27,041.25

-Approved miscellaneous items as surplus from Sparta Police Department for the purposes of sale on GovDeals.com. The items to be sold on the site include: 2006 Ford Expedition, approximately 25 bicycles, one metal brake, two kayaks

-Approved salary adjustment for the lead lineman position in electric department

With the board recognizing no new or old business, the meeting was adjourned.

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