Pittsfield seeks new city roads chief

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PITTSFIELD — The city has begun searching for a new highway superintendent.

Public Services Commissioner David Turocy said the job has been posted to internal candidates first, per union obligations. He said existing city employees were given seven days to apply.

Turocy said he might extend the search externally after reviewing internal candidates.

The Eagle reported last month that Daniel Ostrander had been placed on leave in early May, but city officials declined at the time to comment on the issue. Highway foreman Vin Barbarotta, formerly Ostrander's second in command, continues to man the helm of the department in the interim, Turocy said.

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Personnel Director Michael Taylor and Director of Administrative Services Roberta McCulloch-Dews declined to answer questions for this story, including whether Ostrander remains on the city's payroll. They said it's their policy not to discuss city personnel.

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"We respect their right to privacy and will continue to adhere to this standard," Taylor said.

Ostrander could not be reached for comment.

The highway superintendent is responsible for maintaining all city streets, sidewalks and bridges, according to a job description provided previously by Taylor.

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The description states that the highway superintendent manages city road crews, monitors the city's fleet of maintenance vehicles and the garages that house them, and has direct control over roadway spending.

Ostrander also is tasked with communicating effectively with the public, with government officials and with city employees.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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