WALLINGFORD — Town Engineer Rob Baltramaitis will become the new public works director, the town announced Wednesday.
His first day is slated for May 30. Until the town hires someone to fill his old position, Baltramaitis expects to be “doing double duty.”
At least it will be among familiar faces. The engineering and public works departments “are very similar,” he said.
“I work with (Public Works) half of my day, every day,” he said.
He’s looking forward to seeing the results of projects, rather than just the beginning stages.
“With the engineering side of things, you’re doing the planning,” Baltramaitis said, “and it takes years and years for things to come to fruition. I think from the public works side, you can kind of quicker see your mark on an improvement.”
Former Public Works Director Henry McCully retired earlier this month after 36 years with the department.
Baltramaitis, 49, was selected from a group of five other candidates. He applied for the position after “a lot of consideration.”
He said he received support and encouragement from colleagues and people in other town departments, but also from friends and members of the public, he said.
Baltramaitis has worked for the town for nearly 19 years, first as assistant town engineer. He was appointed town engineer in July 2015 after John Thompson retired.
His annual salary will be about $148,000.
Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said in a statement that (Baltramaitis) “has been an excellent town engineer and brings his detailed knowledge of our town and its infrastructure needs to the position.”