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As questions still swirl around a proposal to build a new Public Works Facility at the town-owned site off Tabor Drive, Branford Public Works Director (and Public Works Facility Committee member) Art Baker will leave his post for a new job in Greenfield, MA.
Baker will begin his new job on Feb. 13, according to press release issued on Jan. 23 from the office of the Mayor of Greenfield. The press release follows here:
Incoming Director of Public Works
GREENFIELD – Mayor William Martin and the Town of Greenfield are pleased to announce the appointment of Arthur Baker as the incoming Director of the Greenfield Department of Public Works. He will assume his duties on February 19, 2013.
Mr. Baker is currently the Director of Public Works, Solid Waste & Recycling for the town of Branford, CT. Prior to that position he served as the Director of Public Works for the Town of Monroe, CT. He has 10 years of professional municipal experience, having also served as the Deputy Director of Public Works for Monroe prior to his assuming the Director’s position. His work experience also includes serving as a project or staff engineer in the private sector for ten years. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut – Storrs.
The Town is excited that the combination of private and municipal experience in managing budgets, projects, and departments that Mr. Baker possesses is a perfect fit for the department given the retirement of Sandra Shields. "He will be able to continue her success and move the department forward in these challenging economic times," said Mayor 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. I am excited to start my new endeavor in the town that much of my family grew up in and still resides!" said Mr. Baker.