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Skaneateles' DPW chief contract terminated by village

The Village of Skaneateles is taking applications for a new director of municipal operations. The search began following the termination of a contract between the village and former director of operations John Hunt.

Village attorney Michael Byrne said the contract with Hunt was terminated by the village board on July 21, which was also his last day as a village employee.

"(The contract) was entered into June 2006 to engage this gentleman as so-called director of municipal operations," Byrne said. "It was a new position created at that time."

According to Byrne, the creation of the municipal director position was "an effort to consolidate them (the departments) both physically and functionally" to create a more unified department by combining the three separate entities -- electric, water and public works.

While the village takes applications to find Hunt's successor, the departments are being run individually.

"Each of those units -- electric, water and DPW -- has a foreman and the foremen are supervising each of their own departments," Byrne said.

According to Byrne, trustee Marc Angelillo is acting as a liaison between the village board and the departments.

Mayor Bob Green verified Hunt is no longer an employee of the village and that the board has begun its candidate search.

"We are taking applications right now for the position," Green said. "We hope to have someone in the position soon."

According to Green, the village has been advertising the job in order to find candidates.

The job posting made by the municipality has been in various media such as newspapers and the Internet, Byrne said.

"It's a position that does require some skill," he said. Strong candidates would have a broad engineering background and a familiarity with the electric and water districts, and the storm water system. A strong candidate would also be "someone who is skilled as a manager," Byrne said.

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