Cheshire hires new Highway Department head

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CHESHIRE — A decadeslong veteran of local highway departments and private construction is the town's new road boss.

The Select Board on Tuesday night agreed to hire Robert Navin as Cheshire's Highway Department superintendent, pending a successful contract negotiation. The vote was 4-0, with Mark Biagini absent.

Town Administrator Ed St. John IV is optimistic Navin will supervise the four-man Highway Department by Oct. 1 at the latest.

The Pittsfield resident will succeed Blair Crane, who resigned effective Aug. 2 after two years on the job. Crane submitted his resignation July 16, but the then-three member Select Board decided to delay finding Crane's replacement until after the special election on Aug. 13 that expanded the board to five members.

Cheshire Highway Department Foreman Jason Hoellerich has been acting superintendent until the board filled the department head post.

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Navin has spent the past year with the Stockbridge Highway Department after 15 years with the Richmond road crew from 2003-2018, according to St. John.

Previously, Navin spent 17 years total working in road construction that included a stint at LB Corporation in Lee.

Navin was the only one of 12 applicants the Select Board agreed to interview on Tuesday in public for the position, St. John said.

The board screened the job applications behind closed doors before narrowing the list down to four who were invited for initial interviews to determine the finalists. Only three showed up for the first round of questioning, St. John said, and the board determined that only Navin was worth vetting in public.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com and 413-496-6233.


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