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Gloversville appoints new DPW head

Christopher Perry — previously with the Lakewood, Ohio DPW —approved by council Tuesday

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council on Tuesday approved a motion confirming Mayor Vincent DeSantis’ appointment of a new director over the Department of Public Works.

DeSantis requested an executive session during Tuesday’s meeting to discuss the findings and recommendations of the personnel committee following recent interviews for a new DPW director. Friday was former DPW Director Dale Trumbull’s final day on the job after he submitted his resignation in January.

Trumbull was first appointed DPW director in January 2016. He received annual reappointments each subsequent year until the Common Council’s organizational meeting on Jan. 1 when his name and title were absent from the list of mayoral appointments included in the agenda for council confirmation.

If he had not submitted his resignation, Trumbull would have remained in the position as a “hold over” until his reappointment or the appointment of another individual was put forward by the mayor for council confirmation.

DeSantis said following the organizational meeting that despite his own confidence in Trumbull, he delayed the reappointment over a perceived lack of unanimous consensus among the council. He planned to put Trumbull’s name forward in a few months after a task force of council members established in fall 2019 to make improvements to the operation of the DPW had additional time to work with Trumbull.

After a brief executive session on Tuesday, DeSantis nominated Christopher Perry as the city’s next DPW director and the Common Council unanimously approved a motion confirming the appointment.

Perry is expected to start around March 1, although an official date has not yet been determined. He will receive an annual salary of $70,000.

Following the meeting DeSantis provided details on Perry, a resident of Ohio who currently serves as a unit manager for the Lakewood DPW overseeing a staff of 32 employees in a city with a population of approximately 52,000.

Activities at the Lakewood DPW — where Perry has been employed for 10 years — are comparable to the services performed in Gloversville, according to DeSantis, who noted that Perry is also a licensed arborist.

“He has experience in almost everything that we’ve been doing,” said DeSantis. “He is eminently qualified to take this position.”

Perry was one of five or six applicants for the position, according to DeSantis. No applications were received from current DPW employees.

The personnel committee ultimately interviewed three of the applicants, including Perry. An initial interview with Perry was conducted by phone. He subsequently visited the city for a second interview.

References and a background check on Perry were, DeSantis said, “exemplary.”

“We think he’s going to work out very well for us,” he said.

Perry was reportedly the most distant respondent to the online job posting for the DPW director’s position on indeed.com. According to DeSantis, Perry and his wife have relatives in the capital region.

“He and his wife always wanted to retire in the Adirondacks. They’ve been here on vacation many times,” he added.

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