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12/28/2013 7:23:00 AM
Peru mayor appoints co-superintendents of public works

NT Staff

Peru mayor Scott J. Harl has appointed chief of police Doug Bernabei and fire chief/building inspector Jeff King as interim co-superintendents of the public works department.

They jointly will lead the department following the resignation of public works superintendent/city engineer Sean Mikos. The appointments, which will be made at Monday night’s council meeting and are expected to be ratified by the city council at the meeting, are being made after consultation with public works committee aldermen Dave Waldorf and Jim Lukosus, according to a news release. The appointments are of a temporary nature and are effective Jan. 1.

Both Bernabei and King will share in the management duties for the public works department and have full department head authority. This new “management team” will serve without additional compensation above their normal salaries and will continue to manage their respective departments.

“I am very pleased to be able to make these temporary appointments,” Harl said in the news release.  “Despite their limited expertise in certain public works issues, I have complete confidence in Doug and Jeff. They both have extensive management expertise in both the public and private sectors that will serve the city well. There is no doubt that this will give the city ample opportunity to conduct a search for a permanent superintendent.”

Lukosus said both chiefs are proven managers and can bring their management expertise to the public works department.

“I am up for this challenge,  and with the very capable work force over at public works, I know we will continue to provide top-notch services to city residents,” Bernabei said.

King said, “I too look forward to helping out while the city searches for a permanent replacement. As managers I think we are expected to pitch in when we can.”

In the press release, Waldorf stated that while the city is disappointed to see Mikos leave to pursue other opportunities this interim management team would allow the public works committee, the Mayor and the entire city council to conduct a complete review of the management needs of the public works department.

“In today’s economic times I think it is incumbent on all of us as city officials to find ways to effectively manage city government," Waldorf said. "It is our absolute responsibility to investigate and consider the management options with the current vacancy. I really believe this temporary arrangement serves our citizens well."

Lukosus said, in the press release, he believes this is a very positive decision by the mayor. “There is certainly no doubt that the public expects their government to provide cost effective professional management. I think we all appreciate that and will work in that vein. Both chiefs are proven mangers and I am confident they can bring their management expertise to the public works department."

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