DALTON -- John Roughley, who has served as interim town highway superintendent for the past year, has been appointed permanently to the post.
"He’s acquitted himself well," said Town Manager Kenneth E. Walto during at a Selectmen’s meeting on Monday. "The work of the town has been done even in the absence of a second-in-command and one operator."
Roughley, a Dalton Highway Department worker who returned in June 2011 after leaving to start a business, was named to the interim post after Highway Superintendent David Laviolette departed for Windsor last year.
Budget constraints have caused the position to encompass not just road supervision -- Dalton’s highway superintendent now serves as its burial agent, tree warden and cemetery and parks caretaker.
Selectmen voted 4-1 in favor of the appointment. Roughley was alone in applying for the position.
Stuart T. Sargent cast the single negative vote. He said he "had concerns" about the candidate and the Select Board initiated an executive session in order to discuss the matter, but he was apparently not satisfied.